“More and more, I think about the role of the arts, and as an artist, I think that it’s important that I share the love and peace.” Yayoi Kusama

Heart-a-Day #17: Tangled Heart

When creating a piece of art, the artwork consumes me. I feel focused and determined, yet relaxed. I’m tuned-in to challenges and solutions. By giving your students time to draw and doodle, you can give them this same “consumed in art” experience. I use a doodling exercise to teach geometry and shapes. Here’s how it works: When we’re learning about different kinds of triangles, we start by drawing one large triangle on our paper. Then we draw five or six randomly placed triangles inside the big triangle. We continue drawing triangular shapes around the small triangles until our original large triangle is filled with a symphony of triangles and lines. The students can even add color and shading. Once they’ve mastered this exercise, they can “shape doodle” when their other work is complete and time permits. I love seeing how focused and tuned-in they become while simply doodling.

When can you give your students time to doodle? Perhaps when you read a favorite story aloud? What about using different kinds of music and observing how this changes their use of line and color? Offer your students time to doodle. Everyone will be energized by their focus and determination. Yet everyone will be relaxed.

(Access to these photographs does not constitute a transfer of copyright or a license for commercial use.  The images are for personal use only.  No portion of the images can be used without the expressed written permission of Michael B. Stanley, Jr.)

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I am an artist, musician, author and kindergarten teacher wanting to share what I have learned about teaching and making art.

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