I walked out of school yesterday feeling like I was on cloud nine. It wasn't just one thing. Everything just seemed to fall into place. Amazing when that happens. I'm really excited to share a piece of my joy with you...this project. It was definitely a BIG part of that feel-good feeling. The idea is derived from Hiep Nguyen's website: http://www.circlepainting.org/. Check it out, all the details about his project are there, along with lots of great artwork and videos.
If you're looking for a great way to explore shape, symmetry, non objective art, and radial design with kids this project has got it covered. I got a five star rating from kids, plus it's just plain fun. Here's what we did.
First we watched this....
The kids got it immediately. Start with a circle in the center and grow a design outwards by adding more circles. Move around the design and add details to the work that's already there.
To start we covered the table with a large sheet of paper. Paint was poured, one color per student each in its own cup. Each kid got a brush. To be fair, we counted out around the circle. Number one started us off by drawing a circle in the middle of the paper. As he was finishing up, number two added their circle close to, or adjoining the first. Number three and four joined came in as one and two went out. Then five and six. The kids painted from the center outwards. As the design grows there are more and more places to join in. After a few minutes everyone was happily painting away.
The amazing thing was the way in which the students worked. Absolute cooperation. Absolute focus. Absolute bliss.
Kids left saying it was the best art class ever. They told all their friends how much the love circle painting. They are begging for more next week.
My focus next week is on shape as an element of art and on radial symmetry. We'll be playing around with this a little and then do another circle painting.
Oops! Almost forgot to give credit where it's due. I found this wonderful video and website through Snippety Gibbets Video Site. Lots great resources here! Check it out http://artroomvideos.blogspot.com/