Video Tutorial: Expressive Abstract Drawing & Painting - Session 1
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An exploratory project great for an intro to Art Foundations Class or for an AP Studio Class, it exposes students to every drawing/painting medium they may encounter throughout the year/semester, allowing them to gain an understanding and comfort for many mediums and processes, while experiencing drawing and painting as a powerful language, capable of expressing things that are intangible or invisible, such as your memories, ideas, musings, emotions and more. Sometimes, people draw something to convey realism. This is what most people think of when mentioning drawing and it's likely the most intimidating.
There are no mistakes, only things you put in and take out. Assert and obliterate by giving yourself to the process of doing and undoing, you will create drawings automatically that speak metaphorically.
This project teaches layering and the commitment necessary for the artistic process, a process that will enrich all of the student’s learning by prompting them to give themselves to, and open up to the impermanence of mark making.
Students will experience and discuss the basics of composition, including the Principles of Design. This discussion takes place after students have spent a couple of days working.
Learn how drawing is a dialogue, or form of communication.
Generate excitement about the class, break students of all the bad habits they often bring into the classroom. Art is an action, which requires energy, and that energy needs to be transferred into the work. Work can be fun, and this work requires energy. Build confidence and curiosity for the creative process.
Session 1 of 5. This session provides students with direct instruction throughout the 40 minute class. Students interpret those instructions freely, but the repetitive direct nature of guidance frees students of conventional anxiety often involved in art-making. It combines an SEL lens with the creative process along with materials exploration all while students gain new art process experiences in a free, forgiving, and inspiring atmosphere. Students learn the importance of building layers, of embracing mistakes, and begin to form a visual vocabulary.