Even If You Canít Draw ... You Can Be an Artist! : Page 2 of 3
Even If You Can’t Draw a Straight Line, You Can Be an Artist!
Activity: Twenty Textures
This activity opens minds to new possibilities in art by broadening awareness of textures. Put everyday objects to new uses (flexible thinking) as stamps you dip into paint and print on paper and as templates to rub over with crayons on paper. Then cut up the stampings and rubbings and make collages.
Practice fluency as you and your child collect many texture makers, but use flexible thought to collect varied kinds. Maybe your child has an innovative way to use them with paint (originality.) As you create imagery with your texture makers attend to the details (elaboration) that will make your artworks complete and charming.
SAFETY NOTE: If you’re working with young kids keep safety in mind. Especially avoid pointy tools and toxic materials.
Activities and Procedures
Hunt for leaves, bark, bricks, stucco walls, wood surfaces, scraps of cloth, spiral notebook edges, bubble wrap, crumpled paper, potato mashers, stray buttons, old shoes, and items of all manner.
Forget intended uses and notice only an item’s surface texture.
Find at least five different things to use as stamps or templates for rubbings. Gather what you can and make notes on locations you’ll return to, such as trees or brick walls. Be armed with paper and crayons. Think flexibly and originality will come.
STAMPING & RUBBING
2. Dip items into the paint and stamp onto paper. Apply another stamp separately or right over your first stamped image, but let paint dry between applications. Explore the possibilities.
4. Rub across the paper with the side of a crayon until a texture appears. Experiment with color combinations and rubbing techniques.
CUTTING & GLUING
6. Using the glue stick, adhere the pieces to a sheet of paper. Create mosaic style designs or layer the pieces onto each other. Let intuition be your guide.
Consider stamping over your collage to unify the surface. Feel free to add more imagery and messages as a final touch. Elaborate to your heart’s content.
Both Art-isms and Twenty Textures are about engaging in creative thinking exercises. The benefits of doing these activities will strengthen your creativity in many areas of your and your child’s life.
In addition, by practicing the components of creative thinking along with imagination, intuition, and personal expression — the emotional aspects of creativity — you can produce wonderful artwork.
All creative artworks, masterful or not, are worth producing for this experience and therefore have meaning and energy. And behind every truly great work of art is the creative process accessible to all. Happy painting! •
© 2012 Marjorie Sarnat. All rights reserved.
Marjorie Sarnat is an author, artist, product designer, and co-founder of Jr Imagination®, a company dedicated to helping teachers and parents foster creative thinking skills in kids. More »