It’s Going to Look Like Spaghetti. That’s OK!
Beginning with basic shapes and their spatial relationships, we warmed up our right-brains every morning, quickly moving on to blind contour drawing and contour drawing to tune out our symbol-making brain and gear up the ability to see what is actually in front of us. This can be hilarious as the kids draw their portrait without looking at the paper and without picking up their pencil. “It’s not what’s on your paper that matters here! It’s your vision, your ability to truly see what you’re looking at! This one is not for the museum.”
From Stick Figures to Super Heroes
This particular group was more into story telling and animated series, so we learned human anatomy from bones to muscles, then designed a humanoid character to be made out of clay later. We learned about archetypes and filled out a dossier on our creation, giving it a name, super powers, a nemesis, etcetera. First they drew our poseable art dummy, Bubble Man, in order to learn basic body proportions and placement. Then we drew the human skeleton bone by bone and placed translucent paper over that. On top and I n a different color we did the muscles one at a time. Kids always amaze me here. All ages get it mostly right and it just looks so cool, if a little creepy. Then they got to put another layer of translucent over that and design their humanoid super hero. We had a stone man with gems growing out of his arms, a red panda girl, the snake man below, and others. Amazing. I stand in wonder.
Our Super Heroes go 3-D
After building an armature for the super hero, we added clay in the form of Bubble Man the dummy. Once the humanoid shape was achieved, the kids could add extras and clothes to make their hero unique. We talked about making a character with “iconic” features, so that you could pick out that character no matter the style in which it was rendered. Again, they tackled the new medium and made cool characters.
A Hero in His Natural Habitat- Digital Landscape
After painstakingly painting their hero, the kids decided what sort of landscape they wanted. They drew out the scenario, photographed their clay figure, and digitally placed the figure into its land using the iPad with Photoshop and a stylus!