Simple Tip – Use Your Non-Dominant Hand

October 1, 2013

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As I teach young ones each
day I pay close attention to the process they use to create art, especially the
intuitive process. Because my grades span from 3-6, I pick up on the distinct
difference of a young child creating from pure imagination to the older child
wanting to get it right and asking, “Does this look good?” In a very
short time span kids seem to really lose the ability to create with reckless
abandon and by the time the child has grown and become an adult, many of us
lock ourselves into the notion of “I can’t draw, I can’t make that, I
can’t, I can’t, I can’t…” 

Giving
ourselves permission to create without any expectations whatsoever, to simply
play with our marks, our color, our lines, is VITAL for the artist. If only the
child in our adult bodies was given permission. My
#simpletip  of the day is to create something with your non
dominant hand! Let go of expectations and play with your paints. Get back in
touch with that part of you who’s artistic voice was at one time…. POWERFUL! By using your non-dominant hand it forces you to give up control and simply let the line, pattern, and mark evolve. If you are really feeling your inner child, use your fingers too, 🙂 

These
abstracts were made by my 3rd graders in our study of Kandinsky. They amaze me
with the power of their artistic voice and I so pray that I will help them hold
on to it for as long as possible. 



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