Every now and then we try to do a large, cooperative family art project.
The family art project allows anyone and everyone the opportunity to participate. I love it because it means I get to join in the creating process alongside my boys.
This month’s project was based on circles.
Before beginning, we had a look at some circle artwork on the internet, gaining inspiration from the website, The Sketchbook Challenge.
I think looking at examples of art containing circles helped get the boys started. Instead of listening to me try to explain the concept in words, they were able to see visual examples. I love the internet!!!
We started with a large piece of paper (well, actually, a number of A3 pieces glued together) and armed everyone with pens and pencils (all of which were various colours of blue and green).
The guideline for the project … draw circles – big, small, curly, patterned and any other way that could be thought of.
Once inspired, everyone took their choice of pencils and pens and work began in earnest.
When the pen and pencil work was completed (another way of saying the boys had had enough of doing that!), we moved on to adding colour.
I’d purposefully left the chalk pastels till last as I figured they were going to be the most popular and the messiest! When the pastels were introduced, new enthusiasm flooded the artists. Hooray for pastels (… and washing machines & showers to deal with the clean up later)!
I really enjoyed this project because it was relaxing. It’s so pleasant just ‘doodling’ without the pressure to make anything look like something recognisable.
Also, there was a real sense of freedom with this art project. If one of the artists wanted to draw big, rough circles … that was fine. If another wanted to draw minuscule dots … no problems. If someone else was exploring with colour, right over the top of the whole thing … terrific.
As for the finished product of our family art project focusing on circles, it’s now framed and taking pride of place on the wall near the front door.
Using frames is a wonderful way to display children’s art, but that is a different topic for another day.
Do you do family art projects? I’d love to hear about them.
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