Niles-Maine District Library

This Week in the Wonder Ground-Scribble Art

Big Idea: The act of creating art is sometimes more important than the art object itself.

We started each session with a book this week:

Cover image for Shapes

 Shapes by Philip Yenawine

This beautiful nonfiction picture book isolates the artistic element of shape, discusses what visual ideas and effects can be conveyed by different shapes, and examines how they contribute to a work of art through various examples from the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

 

Activity 1: This week we dove into the weird world of scribble art. I passed out two sheets of white paper and a sharp pencil to each kid. Then we all put pencil to paper and scribbled a single, long loopy, curvy, zig-zaggy, scribbled line. Each line criss-crossed over itself again, until the whole page was filled with a big tangled mess. We set the first scribble aside and repeated the same process on the second sheet of paper.

Then we picked up the first scribble and examined it carefully. We looked up close and at a distance. We turned them one way and then the other. We asked a buddy to look at our scribbles, too.  After a while, we began to see that our random scribbles were filled with strange unpredictable geometric and organic shapes. Then we started to find that we could find some very special things inside the our drawings: cats, hover boards, waffles, eyes, and even MineCraft Steve. When we found these images popping out from the page, we darkened the contours and used colors to create a unique work of art.

Symeon

Symeon

Saran

Saran

Ajay

Ajay

Davareia

Davareia

Derek

Derek

Anonymous

Anonymous

Activity 2: We used a collection of geometric tiles, mancala stones, and other found objects to create interest temporary art.

Drake

Drake

Ajay

Ajay

 

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