Saturday, April 7, 2012
When it is transformed by your imagination! The first book, I've chosen to explore is Not a Box by Antonette Portis. With simple line drawings, a clever rabbit show us that a simple box can become anything.
While researching the possibilities using cardboard boxes, I discovered a wonderful website: “BOXDOODLE”. http://www.neu-e.de/ Included on the site are numerous samples of transformed boxes. A really exciting feature is “The Doodle Tool” where you can transform a virtual box using digital painting tools.
I chose to explore the box doodle idea using traditional media: acrylic paint and markers. The wonderful part of this project for art classes is re-purposing cardboard boxes we usually throw away.
Saving money +
Helping the environment +
igniting our student’s imagination =
WHAT'S NOT TO LOVE?
The illustration I created was based on my box transformation. I used Derwent watercolor pencils and sharpie thin point markers. This style is a radical change from what I usually do but I loved the freedom of stepping “outside of the box”.
The best laid plans of mice and men….gobbled up by my new addiction to PINTEREST. Yes, I know the bad stuff BUT it’s the double whammy for me: an unending plethora of visual images and my prehistoric hunting/gathering nature kicking in big time. Who doesn't need fifty-one pin boards ranging from cupcakes to Lincoln? I have been inspired. I now know how to revive sharpie markers, make flowers out of marshmallows AND I have at least a year’s worth of u-tube videos to watch. The biggest plus is I finally have a shadowy idea of what I hope will be the direction of this blog! (whoo, whoo) I’m bringing together three of my favorite things: children’s books, art education and expanding my illustration muscles by trying new things. I’m calling it “ARTillus”….combining my love of art, art education and children's illustration. I plan to post a beautiful/inspiring children’s picture book, an art activity for children based on the media, theme, or style of the book and an illustration of my own in a similar vein. I hope you are as inspired, as much as I am, by children's picture books.