Friday Two Cents: Worlds Created In My Imagination


 

‘Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul.’ Vincent Van Gogh

‘The painter has the universe in his mind and hands.’ Leonardo Da Vinci

 

Last week I took a mini vacation about 1½ hours car ride north of Toronto, to a small city called Midland. I went to clear my head, cleanse my soul and hopefully to get inspired. I love going to that area since I was a child. Many people have cottages in the area and it is far enough from any major city to make you appreciate nature and what this country has.

Many of my friends and family always say, “Why are you going up there alone? Won’t you get bored?” I tell them that I need to get away and be alone with my own thoughts. I tell them I love the area and I always bring up my art supplies so I can have nature inspire me. This trip was no exception.

Once I begin my day I usually get into a routine. Even on vacation I have a routine and I find that it helps to get my creative juices flowing. I go for a walk every morning along the waterfront. Even in Toronto I go for a 5 km walk along the lakefront while I listen to some music. I find that centres me and I can let the creativity flow after. In Midland there was no exception. They have a quaint waterfront with many small boats and beautiful green paths.

Yet as beautiful as these scenes are I find myself losing myself in thought. The world around me drops away and is replaced with worlds created in my imagination. I find it a great way to focus the mind. And from these imaginations I was able to create art from glimpses into those worlds.

For me this trip away from the noisy city was exactly what I needed to clear my mind and soul. To look within and what came out where creations from my imagination. Below you can see a few images I created from those imaginings. For when I looked into my soul I found a universe of endless possibilities.  

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Art Inspiration: Shaving Cream Easter Eggs


 

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During my practicum I had the opportunity to do the art lessons with the students. They are the younger primary but I wanted to do something that was different and challenging with them. I wanted to do an art activity that had to do with a different medium, something other than paints, crayons or drawing. This was a simple art activity that would be utilized during Easter and incorporate spring colours or pastel colours. So I decided to incorporate a sensory aspect to the art activity. Therefore I decided on using a shaving cream activity I used many years ago.

Because it was my first few days back from the university strike I did not create a lesson plan but I did it off the top of my head. I not the Learning goals or success criteria but I did write down the steps and create a rubric for marking after.

 

Resources/Materials:

Craft Supplies – a tray or I used construction paper sheets, shaving cream, white construction paper or art paper, acrylic paints, a squeegee, I used a straw or you can use a paintbrush or Popsicle stick

(Warning this activity is messy, use a sheet to cover the table.)

Action: Step-by-Step

  1. Draw egg shapes on the white construction paper and have the students cut them out. Make sure they print their names on the back of the egg.
  2. Squirt enough shaving cream on the tray or sheet to be able to cover the surface.
  3. Have the students spread it around to make the surface relatively even, it won’t be smooth. (Essential questions ‘How does it feel on you hands? What does it smell like?’)
  4. Once you have your shaving cream evenly spread on the tray or sheet, squirt some acrylic paint vertically onto it. (Ask the students which colours they want to use. Limit to two – three colours.)
  5. Then using a straw or paintbrush or what every you used, zigzag gently though the paint to give it a marbled effect. Do not over mix the colours you just want the colours to start mixing not completely turn into another colour. You want a marble look of the colours.
  6. Place the egg shapes on the shaving cream/paint mix.
  7. Have the students press their paper into the shaving cream/paint and let it sit for a few seconds.
  8. Remove the paper by lifting it straight up. Let the paint/shaving cream sit on the paper for a couple of minutes before squeegeeing it off the paper.
  9. Gently and smoothly squeegee the shaving cream off the paper. It will remove the shaving cream, but not the paint.
  10. Once dried you have a wonderful decoration for Easter and you can use this technique on any other art project.

 

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