EXPERIMENT WITH AUTOMATIC DRAWING
This is a highly imaginative, spontaneous expression. We’re creating a work of art that isn’t predetermined. When finished, enjoy the results.
What you Need:
Pencil, Paper, Eraser, and any materials to add colour such as paint or pencil crayons.
What You Do:
- Keeping in mind this is a spontaneous and imaginative expression, its time to let go and trust that the image will form.
- With your paper and pencil in front of you, keep your mind blank. Try not to predetermine what you will make. Some grown ups may find it helpful to take a deep breathe to relax. Children tend to be relaxed and ready to go.
- Begin drawing by playing with lines, allow the pencil to flow across the page.
- Don’t try to replicate anything or force it. Just focus on lines, shapes and forms. Let your drawing grow organically.
- Your lines can be thick, thin, jagged, smooth, straight or curved. You can fill in shapes, repeat lines or erase lines.
- You’ll know you’re on the right track when you forget about the time of day or what’s for dinner.
- Don’t judge your work. This gets easier the more automatic artworks you create.
- Now try adding colour by filling in shapes or overlaying the lines.
- For a second option–try playing some music as inspiration while drawing. Does your quality of lines change?