Art education, inspiration and encouragement for children and parents in Arlington, VA
Play with Shapes
Miro, a Spanish artist, played with ideas he gleaned from observing the Constellations.
Miro teaches us to make people and animals from possibilities in shape and line.
Warming up to practice is a big part of our lessons. Getting familiar with an idea takes time.
Play with Air-Dry Clay
We began a drawing using Miro inspired shapes from a worksheet (see below). After an hour, we took a break from drawing and made a sculpture with clay.
Two MIro sculptures adorn the Smithsonian Gardens: one at the Hirshhorn (pictured below) and one at the National Gallery Sculpture Garden.
Today we used air-dry clay and talked about the difference between it and clay from the earth.
Our Art to be displayed at the Torpedo Factory
We are getting ready for a show of our work. In February we will be displaying our drawings and clay sculptures at the Torpedo Factory.
I am attaching a worksheet you can use at your home. We used this in class to help us start our Miro Drawings. We will finish our drawings in the next class. Several children requested to keep the worksheet. Please print it out and enjoy time being creative with your child.
Until next time.....Create and be Great!
Welcome to new students and welcome back to a few old friends.
What we did in art
In our first class this year we cut paper with scissors or tore paper to create edges that are not straight. This I call imagination paper.
I've been learning about the benefits of using the non-dominant hand and both hands together. Research suggests this helps both hemispheres of the brain work together. It is supported to increase creativity, open-mindedness and intellect.
Filling the Paper with Color
As we scribbled on the imagination papers we played with our normal and non-dominant hand, using both hands together and closing our eyes.
A contour (continuous) line was used with no overlapping and then with overlapping. Hand choices remained optional for each artist.
Our last piece of paper was used to explore as many types of line as possible: straight, curvy, zig-zag and never to repeat the same line. Finally we choose the line that we most enjoyed drawing and filled a side of paper with this.
Each artist decided what to do with the papers: Keep them flat or make sculptures. Sculptures that stay on the table are called Stabiles, while sculptures that move by hanging in the air are called Mobiles.
Some things you can do a t home:
-practice using scissors with your child if they do not know how
-Fill large pieces of paper up with scribbles using both hands, even closing your eyes.
-Play with using both hands doing the same thing in the same direction and then in opposite directions. See if you can make your hands do completely different things or not.
-See how rich you can layer a piece of paper with color and texture of the scribble. Explore ways you can appreciate this scribble art.
You will find more about scribbles and artists who make them on my other blog: Creative Me Art
Until next week....
Jean Frank Stark
I make art and have taught to children for over 20 years.