Some of my drawing students struggle with wanting all of their drawings to be very very perfect. This week we did a little exercise in giving up some control.
I had the students choose three colors of paint and water them down a little bit. Then we laid out a tarp and they each got three pieces of watercolor paper. When I did my demo, I encouraged the students to experiment with different ways of moving the paper: shaking it, spinning it, tilting, blowing on it, etc. I also asked them to leave some white space on the paper. Then they got to the drip painting!
After they were finished I asked them to look at the drawings really hard, as if they were looking at clouds in the sky, and let their imaginations wander. It was fun to watch them look at each other’s drawings and hear conversations like, “It looks like a person over here!” “Yeah, but it also looks like a bunny!” “A bunny person!!!”
I love it when students work together to solve problems.
For homework they had to draw on top of their drip painting and turn them into something else. I had them draw in sharpie so that they had to commit and use any mistakes that they made.
The next day, for ten minutes at the beginning of class they wrote little stories about their drawings. I asked them to write in the style of a myth or fairy tale.
You guys, I love the way these turned out! I was actually blown away by their willingness to let go of some control and create something totally new and unique! This is a great one day project that really encourages creative, imaginative thinking!