The five creativity techniques specifically applicable to art.
Collage: Collage combines various materials, such as paper, fabric, photographs, and found objects, to create a new visual composition. It encourages experimentation, as you can mix different textures, colors, and shapes to generate unexpected and unique artwork.
Blind Contour Drawing: Blind contour drawing is a technique where you draw an object or subject without looking at your paper, focusing solely on the contours and details of the subject. This technique helps to train your observation skills, promotes unconventional representations, and can lead to intriguing and abstract interpretations.
Color Exploration: Challenge yourself to explore different color palettes and combinations you wouldn't typically use. Experiment with complementary, analogous, or monochromatic color schemes to evoke different moods and emotions in your artwork. This technique can spark fresh ideas and push your creative boundaries.
Found Object Art: Found object art involves incorporating everyday objects or materials into your artwork. Look for interesting objects in your surroundings, such as natural materials, discarded items, or even pieces from your own household. You can create unexpected and thought-provoking pieces by repurposing these objects in your artwork.
Artistic Prompts: Use artistic prompts or constraints to stimulate your creativity. These prompts can be specific themes, concepts, or limitations like time constraints or material restrictions. Working within these parameters forces you to think creatively and find innovative ways to express your ideas.
Remember, these techniques are meant to inspire and stretch your creative boundaries. Feel free to adapt and combine them to suit your artistic style and preferences. Embrace experimentation and allow yourself to explore new possibilities through your art.
My art class plan for the creativity
Below is the art class plan I made during my master's course. Click on the picture to see the contents.
Education is the ability to meet life's situations
Fortune cookies are desserts served in Chinese restaurants in the US and Europe. When you break the inside of the cookie, you usually find a note with your fortune written on it. A great discovery or invention is made by chance, or it gives unexpected joy or fun.
I recently got this cookie during a school event, multicultural Day. And when I cracked open, there was the message below.
For me, who is studying art education, this message conveys some joy. It is true that studying is truly beneficial to me. In Korean, there is a saying that you study and don't give it to others in vain. Through my studies, I tried to first discover the philosophy, theory, and background knowledge hidden in this transmission rather than simply conveying the skills or knowledge I have.
Adding a way to find meaning in the act of teaching gives a strong motivation to teach students more passionately.
If artists want to teach others, I would recommend them to study pedagogy at the same time.
The picture below is one of the pictures I have drawn as a sample to teach students. After concentrating on creating and expressing my art world, I am getting an opportunity to go back to the basics and think about expressing things again in order to teach others. This helps to re-learn the basic steps to express the object more profoundly and the true beauty it possesses.
The setting for online Art class!
In order to teach painting online, you need a camera that will capture and show you the moment you are painting.
First of all, I recently changed the settings of my laptop to the following. Originally, the small stand under the laptop was made to raise the monitor, but I'm using this stand as a place to put the laptop. In this way, you can prevent turtle neck when you look at your laptop, and above all, there is less risk of spilling on the keyboard when drinking coffee, and the best thing is that you can work on the computer while taking notes.
I am teaching painting online with the camera set up as follows. Compared to In person classes, online classes require better pace. That means you won't be able to progress as quickly as you normally would. In particular, since teaching that requires delicate and small descriptions is difficult, it is useful to convey only the core principles using thick lines whenever possible.
However, the experience of online art class is very helpful for me as an art educator when writing art lesson plans or creating content for distance education. If I hadn't experienced these classes, I would have written a class plan without considering the various types of classes. Taking on new challenges and discovering something always makes us develop and go further.
Effective Online Art class for Children in Myanmar
On March 18, I finally got to teach painting online for children in Myanmar. Above all, I made a lecture plan with the contents below before class and asked to prepare materials.
On the first day, I expected and prepared for the following craft. However, the teacher should always be prepared for contingency and prepare several options for this. In other words, there were no paper plates on the day of education, and only A4 paper, crayons, scissors, and glue were available.
In addition, the time to translate after the explanation had to be calculated. Because of this interpretation, it is difficult to convey complex skills or tasks when teaching art online.
Also, in our experience, showing detailed work online is still limited.
However, personally, the process of folding paper and drawing pictures while interacting with children through the screen shows that art education is possible online. Simple origami, for example, was very effective. On the 18th, I taught the children to fold hearts. After two attempts, the children made paper hearts perfectly. I folded the middle of the heart like a door that opens and closes and draws another small heart inside it. The children had a lot of fun doing this.
The first lesson was to simply draw themselves and attach a paper heart to their portrait. In other words, I focused on discovering what I love myself through painting. Recycled paper was used whenever possible.
On the 25th, there was a second class. The second time, they didn't have the environment to prepare a paper plate. I thought of the lack of art materials for Myanmar children and thought I should find a way to overcome them.
Previously, I ran a $1 watercolor painting project to explore this kind of idea.
However, after teaching Myanmar children, I discovered that even a dollar can be a luxury for some children. The art materials they can prepare are paper, pencils, crayons, glue and scissors. So, from now on, I have to make a plan to teach them using only this tool.
So what I thought was the dressing room that my daughter had made. My daughter's friend first made her a dressing room out of paper. I made another dressing room with my child.
This dressing room paper book is made by cutting A4 paper into four sheets. When I was child, art materials were uncommon and expensive, so like today's Myanmar children, we often played with paper and imagined each other. But when I look back, I have happy memories of that time.
Based on these memories and the dressing room, I changed my lesson plans and methods. In other words, in the second class, after drawing a picture of yourself, you drew a T-shirt, pants, shoes, and hat separately and glued them together.
It's a very simple task, but the kids were able to learn how to draw fingers, how to represent the whole body, how to put on an artist's verret, how to sign, and more. And by making clothes in her own style, she was able to dress herself up just like a great fashion designer.
In conclusion, for the art education of Myanmar children, I was able to discover that we should first explore the materials around them, and that we should devise materials that are easy and accessible and less processed if possible so that we can freely imagine them.
Above all, I found that online art classes benefit from simple movements, imaginative, interactive, and preferably easy-to-follow forms rather than delicate, time-consuming special techniques or secret tips.
Myungja Anna Koh