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So often I'm asked by artists of all ages, "How do I start? What should I make?" Although that question may seem daunting, I love to provide open-ended prompts to stimulate the creative process. The following list of thirty CREATIVITY stARTers are my tried and true "go to" for tackling those moments when we may feel uninspired or a bit unmotivated.
WHAT YOU WILL DO :
I formatted the CREATIVITY stARTers as a jpeg that can be easily downloaded and printed if needed. Simply choose a prompt and begin to draw. PARENTS/CAREGIVERS : The stARTers are fantastic boredom busters or as rainy day activities, get the entire family involved and share your drawings as a group. Create a revolving "gallery" to showcase your drawings on the refrigerator or hang a bit of twine and clothesline clips for easy and quick changes. PRE-SERVICE EDUCATORS/CLASSROOM TEACHERS : I enjoy giving students a drawing prompt an activity as a daily warm-up in my visual art classroom. If you have your students complete "bell work" to begin the day, consider starting a daily journal of drawings inspired by the list of prompts. Consider the drawing as a plan for a larger body of work, perhaps a painting on canvas? ARTISTS OF ALL AGES : Practice makes better, spend 5 or 10 minutes each day drawing. Use the stARTers as a way to motivate your art making journey and begin a thirty day drawing challenge.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED :
+ DRAWING PAPER While sketchbooks are wonderful, I also encourage resourcefulness. Quick sketches can be drawn on the back of envelopes and wrapping papers, open up a paper grocery bag, reuse graded worksheets, even cardboard allows for interesting mark making!
+ MARK MAKING TOOLS Of course, I'm drawn to graphite pencils (pun most absolutely intended), but I'm also a huge fan of crayons and markers, invest in Crayola for beautifully bold colors. Faber Castell color pencils are buttery smooth and richly pigmented that draw on even the darkest of color papers. Permanent markers offer opportunities for tracing and for excercises in "letting go and letting be" (ie : laying out a line and allowing yourself to be comfortable in your choices and ability) Sharpies are one of my favorite staples (if you have a sensitivities, try Dixon RediMark Low Odor Markers)
+ CREATIVITY stARTers list of thirty prompts to inspire creativity :