"When we all think alike, then no one is thinking."
— Walter Lippman

Thursday, August 26, 2010

A Little Spark of Madness

This is what recently evolved on the pages of my journal.  At first glance you may assume I had a crazy week getting used to being back in the classroom again.  That would be correct.  But the little creature on this page is actually the result of a project done with my drawing students.  It was inspired by an exercise from the book Drawing Lab by Carla Sonheim.  Using a series of self generated prompts, we each made original 'creatures'.  (I like to work along with my students whenever possible.)
Pictures of giraffes were used to make a series of overlapping blind contour drawings.  From those, we picked out groupings of lines that suggested a figure, creature, or animal.   Using tracing paper, we 'tweaked' the drawings, developed something we liked and made a graphite transfer into our sketchbooks.  The drawings could be finished using any medium.  I choose to play with some new gel pens.  Too bad the 'sparkle' one doesn't show up very well here.... lots of sparkle.

Speaking of Carla Sonheim, she has a wonderfully creative blog called Snowball Journals.  Check it out and be sure to go back into some of the older posts as there is so much playful inspiration there.


My Mane in the Wind said...

I LUV this! Your students are SO LUCKY to have you!!!!

Ann Renee Lighter said...

Thanks Virginia, I also feel very fortunate to have such good students again this year. It makes teaching fun and continues to inspire me to have fun.

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