Intermediate Art started out as a regular drawing class. We worked on all the basics. In Intermediate Art, we also do a LOT of talking. Mostly, I do a lot of talking. The students in IA last year were very introspective and self-aware. We had some very deep conversations. It was really cool. To quote my son’s kindergarten teacher, it really “filled my bucket”. Something we talked quite a bit about is something so essential to art and identifying as an artist: communication. Art is communication. Whether it’s happy, sad, literal, or abstract, whatever we make communicates a message. Intermediate Art is kind of like a club. A special group of friends that bond over their passion for creativity. Ms. Kristin and I decided Intermediate Art needed a new name that represents what it really is. An art club. This year, we have officially renamed Intermediate Art. From today on, the artists formally known as Intermediate Artists will now be in Art Club!!!
Art Club got very clever last year with the use of line and space, making these beautiful contour line pumpkins filled with their own Zentangles. Aren’t they expressive?!
As my kids went back to school today, I left them and couldn’t help thinking all day about how they were doing. Were they having a good day at school? We all do this to some degree. Perhaps less as they get older. When my kiddos came home, I asked them about 100 questions and only a couple were responded to with more than a 1 word answer. Good. Fine. Stuff. It got me thinking, how can we communicate how we feel about an experience without being literal? Through design! Why not ask our kids to use lines and patterns to show us what their day was like?
Here’s an example of one that starts with a squiggly line and ends like this.
Something so simple can tell us so much about how our kids are feeling. Can you guess which kiddo felt tired when he got home? Try it! Give your kids a blank piece of paper with a 4 inch square drawn on it. Tell them to draw a line that shows how their day went. Fill it with lines and patterns to represent the different things that happened during the day. Show us what they make!