I needed a new project recently for my coloured pencil class. So I went with a recommendation to have each member of the group re-create one square of a painting. With 9 in our group, I cut up a picture into 9 equal-sized pieces. Each person then was given a blank piece of paper in a larger size, with instructions to draw in then use colour pencil to "paint" their section of the picture.
I knew that the final piece, once all 9 pieces were together, would be quite different - after all, each person in the class has a unique style - but should look something like the original.
I was nervous at how it would turn out but hopeful at the same time.
We didn't quite complete the project in one class (we'll finish it next class), but the results are already in.
And the best part was the comments from each of my students.
They knew they had different levels of experience, they all tend choose different colours and shades, some go with vibrant tones, others muted, some choose unexpected colours, others try to copy exactly. Some add many layers of pencil and press hard, others have a very light touch. Some use 2-3 colours to create a new colour, others go very monotone.
Each person recognized all these differences in the work of the others.
Each saw how they could try something that another had used, and see how it works for them.
And each received something very valuable from the others.
The support and praise for each other was very evident in our art room. They recognized the varying styles and how each of them brought their own individuality to the painting. And although each was very different, it was because they are all unique personalities, and they began to appreciate that when we re-create a piece, the idea is not to duplicate it but to interpret it with your own style.
I would say we had a very successful class.
Can't wait for next one.
Awakening the heart
Artist - Anne Warburton
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It's taken years to discover the medium I enjoy the most. And how what I have learned before somehow fits into what I am doing now. Even when I travel my needles and threads are with me so I can continue to create while away.