This spring I downloaded a free art app - Daily Art, Free. I don't always look at the art each day, but I enjoy looking at the artworks and the insight the author shares about the selected artworks. Today's artwork is by Joan Miro, a Surrealist artist known for his unique style. Part of the post today really resonated with me:
"I'm so critical about those discredited paintings like today's with this sentence of disdain: "A child could do that". Because that, my friends, is a hell of an achievement. Maybe the hardest part is to face this impulsive and chaotic world, where not much is left for perfection, embrace the limitations of our commitments, and have a good time with it. Even masterpieces were created upon risks and mistakes and it is not uncommon to hear celebrated writers and painters openly saying they dislike their work, perhaps because it's so difficult to deal with our own expectations. Besides, if you do perform as a child, maybe you'll be exceeding your adult self."
As you are working on your artworks, don't be afraid to take risks and make mistakes. Put yourself out there! Try new things. Embrace ambiguity. It's ok to not know what you are doing - to play with art media without a set plan. Who know what you might come up with!
The Magdalenians, Joan Miro, 1958
Phew! We did it! We arted our way through week one. The art room was a flurry of activity. Painting class experimented with some non-traditional materials and tools (Kool-Aid, fingernail polish and popsicle sticks) and worked to express the theme "FAIL." Afterwards we discussed that the only way to truly fail is to give up.
Intro to 3D Art took the Noodle Tower Challenge to create the tallest tower that would support a marshmallow. Most towers topped out at about 17 inches, but the winning group reached almost 22 inches! Great collaboration and problem solving going on. The rest of the week students explored the ins and outs of cardboard - cutting, tearing, bending, creasing, folding, gluing, sewing... Lots of stretching and exploring.
Eighth grade art explored and experimented with drawing materials using the "Draw Around the Room" activity. Students learned drawing vocabulary and practiced with drawing pencil, crayon, marker, oil pastel, chalk pastel, and colored pencil.
Foundations of Art (F. Art for short, and because it's fun to say!) spent most of the week on collaboration and idea generation. Activities included silent puzzle assembly, 30 Circles Challenge, free association, and mind mapping. Next week, where do artists get ideas and putting the idea generation practice to work!