After the first successful use of The Game of Mix-Up Art (otherwise known as our yellow book/design book) I was excited to see what would happen with the group of 5 Day children who invariably come to visit the Outdoor Atelier each day to paint at the easel. Would any of them be inspired by the designs in our yellow book as they worked at the easel? Or could their attention be drawn to the nearby round table where a variety of drawing and coloring materials were gathered in a tray?
As you can see by the first picture I posted in my previous entry featuring the yellow book, one gifted artist was inspired by the book and created a vivid drawing using large blocks of colors and a squiggly line drawn through it.
After finishing up her drawing, the artist created another piece at the easel. Looking at this composition, I can see where the artist experimented with a variety of brush strokes to get a sumptuous riot of complementary color and line- both thick and thin. I believe the results to be extremely pleasing. Don’t you think?
I felt honored to have witnessed such fine artistry, and pleased that my purchase inspired our young artists.
Before leaving, I need to share with you my latest purchase, a book I was led to while pursuing the name of the “yellow book.” My discovery, What Colour is your World? by Bob Gill is a reissue of a book printed over 40 years ago by the same publishing house as The Game of Mix-Up Art. I have to admit, it’s a lot like, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie: if you go to Amazon to research one book – you will buy another.
With Joy! Francie
I found a little treasure of a book last year in a Japanese market while purchasing calligraphy supplies. It is a flip-book. Each full page incorporates such basic elements of design as line, space, texture, color and form. The idea is to flip the various pages to create a new, original design. I had to go online to discover that the name of the book is, The Game of Mix-Up Art by Herve Tullet. I call it “the design book.” I love that I was able to buy a copy with the Japanese cover. I have cherished this purchase, and knew it had some potential for inspiration but I was not really able to incorporate it into the curriculum. It never seemed to grab any one’s attention. Children seemed to be pretty ho-hum about it.
This week I made another attempt to use the book when I noticed one child’s bold statement of color and shape at the easel in our outdoor atelier.
This artist from the 3 Day morning class had painted a large red circle and filled it in with a soft red colored paint. After filling her brush with a slightly darker tint of red, she repeated her actions by painting a slightly larger circle and filling that circle in with matching paint. The two actions were so deliberate, and the results were so bold and appealing. This young child clearly demonstrated her strong understanding of design. She appeared to be finished but I felt compelled to ask her about her painting and if she found anything familiar in (what I referred to as) the design book. She flipped through the book and focused on the page featuring circles of color. I asked her if she was done or would she like to continue? As an answer, she added several more circles in various colors.
Read about another fine artist who was inspired by the “design book” in the next posting!