Art education, inspiration and encouragement for children and parents in Arlington, VA
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.