Project: Expressing Ourselves, Inside and Out
The following two art projects will help students to understand each artist’s creative process.
de Kooning: Each student will make an abstract artwork that expresses an emotion they feel “inside” that represents them.
- Discuss different types of lines (active/passive gestures, short/long strokes, soft/hard pressure); colors (warm/cold, bright/somber); and shapes (organic, geometric). Make sure to give examples.
- Students select a particular feeling. For this example we chose “happy.”
- Hand out 3 pieces of white paper and drawing and/or painting materials to each student.
- Label each sheet of paper with one heading: “happy lines,” “happy colors” and “happy shapes.”
- On each sheet of paper, have students experiment making different lines, colors and shapes that express their emotion. These are sketches for their final artwork.
- Hand out a larger piece of white paper. Students combine their different lines, colors and shapes to make a finished artwork that expresses their feeling. They can combine collaged elements from their sketches with newly painted and/or drawn lines, colors and shapes.