Michelangelo Parlor Game: Having Fun During COVID-19

Michelangelo Parlor Game: Having Fun During COVID-19

Having fun during Coronavirus/COVID-19 means getting creative, dusting off old ideas, and trying new things. At this time of year, parlor games are a great form of entertainment.

1) Getting Together — Make some snacks and beverages and gather your household family/roommates. Maybe some art inspired drinks: https://www.dailyartmagazine.com/cocktails-inspired-by-art/?

2) The Space — Use a space that is free from dangerous clutter and other obstructions. It can be a living room, basement, outside. And more people will require more space.

3) Choose Your Props Wisely — Go through your garage, attic, basement, closets, etc. and find funny and strange items. Place them throughout the space.

4) I Am Michelangelo — Select who will be “Michelangelo” first. It can be assigned, random, or whatever

5) The Artist At Work — “ Michelangelo” will walk up to each person and pose them in the position he would like. It can be serious or funny. But, the “sculpture” cannot laugh, talk, move, or smile unless instructed by “ Michelangelo.”

6) Actions Speak Louder Than Words — The “sculpture” that laughed, talked, moved, or smiles first is the new “ Michelangelo.”

7) Friendship Is Sharing — Adjust according to size of the group. But, make sure everyone can participate. For example, limit Michelangelo” to 3 moves per “sculpture” before moving to next “sculpture.” And/or establish an order of turns for all “sculptures.”

8) Variety Is The Spice Of Life — Too simple or difficult? Try these variations:

a) When being sculpted, give them something to read or sing.

b) “What Am I Doing?” version: Michelangelo” is given a description by the previous Michelangelo,” like “throwing a football.” Michelangelo” has to pose the “sculpture” while other participants guess. The more specific, the better.

c) “What Am I Doing?” Teams: Same as above (b), but divide into two groups if you have a household of 6+ people.

d) Movie Edition: Michelangelo” chooses a scene from a movie and can use anyone as a “sculpture” to recreate it. Everyone, including “sculptures” can guess. Set a timer and take turns.

e) There are countless versions. Let me know if you have another fun variation.

And, please feel free to contact if you have any questions or suggestions!

Health and Safety Considerations for gathering:

1) No indoor activities

2) No sharing bathrooms

3) Wash hands before and after gathering. Don’t touch your face.

4) Bring your own food, snacks, drinks, and utensils.

5) Do not attend if you have asthma, heart disease, diabetes, overweight, have/survived cancer, or 50+ year old.

6) Do not attend if you have or have had Coronavirus or showing symptoms (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html).

7) Wear a mask and practice social distancing (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/social-distancing.html)

8) Limit attendance. Check local health department for guidelines and restrictions.

9) Talk with everyone about comfort levels. Expect and allow non-participation and last minute cancellations.

Mike Kraus was born on the industrial shoreline of Muskegon, Michigan. After earning his Fine Arts Degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he attended Grand Valley State University for his graduate degree. From there, he gained varied experiences from the Chicago Architecture Foundation, Art Institute of Chicago, Hauenstein Center For Presidential Studies, Lollypop Farm Humane Society, and the Children’s Memorial Foundation. And every place he worked, he had his sketchbook with him and found ways to be actively creative. In 2014, Kraus became a full-time artist by establishing Mike Kraus Art. Since then, he has sold hundreds of paintings that are displayed in nearly every state and dozens of countries. Currently, Kraus lives in Rochester, New York with his beautiful wife and goofy dog.

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