Month: January 2012

Adding words to your Mandala

Today we will continue with the Mandala created yesterday. Can you add one words on to your piece that describe it? Can you give it a title? Do you like it? Do you want to make more Mandalas? Was the process relaxing? Did you spend a lot of time on it?  Were you surprised by the image you drew or the colors you added? Take a few minutes to add these extra things or even to place your circle into an environment on the page. We will check in tomorrow with some question and more ideas to analyze it.

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Mandala Drawing

For today’s art exercise, I will give you very little instruction, but only ask that you draw a large circle on a piece of paper and fill it in. It might filled with just color, just words, just images or something simple. Please don’t think to hard or get caught up in the word “Mandala” as you create your art for today.

Yesterday’s Project: Were you able to recall any dreams? Were you able to put it on paper in the form of an image? Sometimes putting it aside for a few days and then going back to it might be enlightening. Sometimes our dreams might be trying to tell us something that we are neglecting in our lives or it might be a way of for our brain to  process events that took place in the days leading up to your particular dream. This dream interpretation is a topic that definitely deserves more than a paragraph of attention. If you feel like this topic needs to be explored further, please continue to investigate through your own drawings and/or sharing your thoughts with people whom you trust.

I Had A Dream…

Can you think of any dreams you have had recently, even last night? Can you draw this dream? When we try to share a dream through speech, it is often quite difficult, due to the limitations of putting elaborate pictures into words. Our dreams often have so many elements to them that a drawing, even a simple one with stick figures and rudimentary forms, can help us make better sense of them. Dream analysis is an activity that spans many cultures and many thousands of years of our collective human history. Keep it simple if this sounds intimidating, by even just writing words for images if you don’t feel comfortable drawing. Sometimes seeing the whole dream on a page can be enlightening.

Yesterday’s project: Did you enjoy creating an Artist Trading Card? Did you find the size enjoyable? Can you identify an emotion connected to the card you created? Did you make more than one, and give one away? Would you make more? Sometimes we need permission to create, and can find a million things to do before we allow ourselves to just sit down and experiment with a new activity. If you found Artist Trading Cards enjoyable, please consider using this medium again!

Artist Trading Cards

For today’s art directive, we will create an artist trading card. This is simply a 2.5×3.5 inch card (similar to the size of a playing card), decorated anyway you please. Artist Trading Cards are a phenomenon that has swept the world over the past decade, originating in Europe. The only rule connected to them is that they are not meant to be sold, only traded or given away. The charm and widespread interest in ATC’s are due to their diminutive size which is small enough not elicit any anxiety over one’s creative abilities. Artist Trading Cards can be executed using virtually any medium including: pencil, paint, collage, thread, fabric, stencils, words, photos, etc. Please find some card stock weight paper or heavier, cut it down to 2.5 to 3.5 inches and let your creative spirit soar. Feeling creative? Make a few and give one to someone special in your life.

Yesterday’s project: What is the most significant object in your family portrait? Please observe how you drew each member on the page. Are they close together or far apart? Is anyone dominating the scene?Is anyone not getting enough attention? Is there harmony between the objects/symbols? What is the mood of the dialogue? We can’t change others, but can you change the dynamics by the information you are sharing with these people. Is there someone in your family who needs more attention? Is there a way to be more honest with members of your family? Many times, the simple act of opening up lines of communication can be a very powerful thing. Can you show your picture to anyone in your family?

Adding Words to Your Family Portrait

Today’s project: Assuming you created a family portrait yesterday (with each family member represented by a symbol or object), we will continue adding more on to this art project. Please add some dialogue, maybe using word balloons. What are these people saying to each other? Who are they choosing to speak to and who are they avoiding? You might even have each of them say something to you and you respond back to each of them through the word balloon format. If you are feeling prolific with your exploration of family dynamics, you might even take another piece of paper and create an entire conversation of family members based on your conversation. We will save the questions about this project for tomorrow! Good Luck.

A Family Portrait of Objects and Symbols

For today’s art exercise, I will ask you to draw a family portrait. If you do not feel comfortable actually drawing, feel free to collage or write words in place of pictures. Rather than drawing actual people, think of an object or animal that represents each person in your family and draw that on your paper to represent them. Family is really a loose term and you might want to include the people who are important in your life, and not your biological family…. it could be roommates, extended family, work mates…..really just think of people you spend a good deal of your day with each day. Make sure to include yourself. The objects or symbols might represent things these you associate with these people. Use your imagination.

Yesterday’s project: What is your weather forecast? Are you standing in it, or are you the actual weather? If you are standing in it, can you think of anything you can add to protect yourself? If you are the weather, how does it feel? Is it constant? Will you change? Can you change? Are you causing any damage to your surroundings? Are you helping your surroundings? Using these metaphors can sometimes help us grasp parts of ourselves that we might be overlooking in our busy lives.

Your Weather Forcast

In keeping with the theme this week of self-reflection and an honest assessment of ourselves, today we will use the metaphor of weather to describe your current mood. Find some paper and drawing materials. Draw a weather pattern that reflects how you currently feel. Would it be a: tornado, storm, sunny day, snow, tsunami, clouds,hurricane etc? Would you make yourself the actual weather or would you place yourself in the environment?

Yesterday’s project: Is your “book” reflective of how you feel these days. Are you content with these emotions, or did you tap into something that needs more attention? Is there a theme? Is there a person with whom you would feel comfortable sharing this art work?