This is a nice exercise, especially at the beginning of a course. You get your students to draw a picture of; a house, a person, a tree, a bush, flowers and then 5 more elements of their choosing.
I give them only one pen to make the drawing which forces them more to think of the drawing and contents, i also try to make them sit separately and copying is forbidden!!!
The idea is to show them that even if the drawings are all of the same subject, they can produce very different and individual works…
I really love the gothic nature of this one by Markmalli…a very individual thinker.
Some of the proud artists of the previous post, with their works. I actually find it very important to photograph the kids with their work. It gives them a real sense of pride which i think you can see in their faces, click on individual images for a better view:
Have not done this for a couple of years…I get the kids to write their name down the centre of a page and then trace a mirror image of it. The drawing is then turned vertically and they must transform it into a new drawing. Maybe its a little gory but i really love the above drawing by Naveen!!!
Check out some of the other marvellous creations my students came up with, click on the thumbnails for a closer look:
Its also a very democratic process i think because the transformative possibilities are endless, so something as unpromising as this:
can then become this rather lovely raggedy mouse drawing…
I know my subject matter on the blog is jumping about a bit but am trying to tie up a lot of loose ends, with that in mind:
Never posted this, it’s a film i made to show at the BH orphanage school end of term exhibition on the work we did together. We screened it to the whole school in 3 screenings. Lots of fun!
One thing to note, for the screenings i originally edited with music from Go Team which worked really well with the images…but no way to upload that onto any public video site (due to obvious copyright infringements) so i had to re-edit with copyright free music…which is great to have available but NOT my first choice…bah! anyway here is the film:
(watch on full screen to get the best of the kids’ art works)