I had a super time last night leading a group art activity at the
Lawton Fort-Sill Art Council. The creative energy was wonderful.
My objective for the group was to have a fun,
hands-on creative experience (not just another demo).
Also, the negative critic who whispers "you can't," "this is hard" or
"that looks stupid," had to be left outside the door! It was not invited in! :)
This 'lesson' had to be approached like a child receiving a large sheet of paper and crayons!
Simply enjoy the painting experience!!!
|Above is my raven which I worked out over the weekend.|
My idea for a large painting came from Leigh Hyams book -
She suggested painting a 6-foot gorilla. But I improvised and
threw out some other black animal ideas.... like a bear, panther,
bird, beetle, cat, even a butterfly...
|Great 'art plays'|
|Another bird of mischief....?|
|My quick demo of a 'wash painting'...|
Before the large painting portion, we spent some time drawing. Well 4 minutes worth.
I read 75 words to them spaced 4 seconds apart. They had to draw their first thoughts.
There were lots of giggles with words such as leg, Mona Lisa, ballerina....
Try this some time - it's lots of fun and will make your brain neurons fire like crazy.
Have a friend or your spouse read these words 4 seconds apart.
Think doodle but highly communicative. :)
14 Open book
19 Corn on cob
23 Bottle of wine
27 Coffee mug
30 Credit card
33 Birthday cake
44 Mona Lisa
49 Postage stamp
53 Cell phone
55 Ice cream
57 Beach ball
61 Bird nest
68 Bald man
|I think my bug is missing a leg. lol|
Have a fun weekend. And I leave you with a few words of inspiration from Leigh Hyams:
"I feel strongly that artists are valuable human beings. Artists are people keeping the
world alive. Actively using the creative parts of ourselves affects our value structures
and our attitude toward living a life of integrity in this complicated world.
With all our tics and mistakes, we are still spots of health on the planet."
"Why do I draw and paint? It holds me on earth. It makes me feel closer
to both the world around me and the one inside myself."
Seriously, every artist should get this book for the art shelf!
You will love it.....