Even If You Canít Draw ... You Can Be an Artist! : Page 3 of 3
Even If You Can’t Draw a Straight Line, You Can Be an Artist!
Take your place among the masters in art history by inventing your very own art movement, which I call an art-ism. Find examples of masterful isms in books and on the Internet. Observe the special look of Pointillism, Cubism, Impressionism, and Abstract Expressionism along with your kids.
Practice fluency as you and your child dream up your own “ism” words. Flexible minds come up with various kinds of ideas. Select one or two unique isms for showing your originality in paint.
Visualize your ism words, then roll up your sleeves and paint them. This is where elaboration comes into play as you tailor tools and refine techniques to create your visual concepts.
Note: Crayons and pastels work well, too, but colored pencils and markers may not be adaptable enough for this project.
SAFETY NOTE: If you’re working with young kids keep safety in mind. Especially avoid pointy tools and toxic materials.
Activities and Procedures
Here are some ism ideas from the palette of infinite possibilities.
Experiment with Combo-isms, too, such as Stripe-ism combined with Dab-ism.
A “field trip” to the 99-Cent Store is a creative activity in itself as you and your kids seek and discover things that can be used as ism painting tools. Pot scrubbers, fake flowers, toy parts, and hair accessories all hold artistic potential. Tour the store together, brainstorming for ideas as you go.
SELECT A SUBJECT
4. Practice paint application techniques with brushes or tools on scrap paper to see what works for your ism. Experiment with colors, as well.
Artists know that brushes can express any ism you can dream up, but it’s amazing to see what unusual tools will do, as well. Stripe-ism, for example, could be achieved by many kinds of brush stroke techniques. But combs dipped in paint, edges of cardboard dragged through wet paint, and who-knows-what can produce exciting striated effects, too.
It may take some trial and error for artists of any age to find their way. Encourage your kids to explore; discovery is part of the creative process. Unexpected ideas lead to more ideas.