BOOK ON ART.
All art lessons consist of games, fairy tales,
creative tasks, plays and drawings.
Target group: children 4 to 10 years old, parents, teachers, psychologists
Do you wish to teach children drawing? The ability to draw is not only the knowledge of a few techniques. First of all it is the perceptual ability to recognise unique colours and forms in the surrounding world. All children are potentially artists. Games, fairy tales, dialogues and creative tasks help to develop feelings and imagination,
which can be translated into artistic self-expression.
Use this book's exercises for expanding the perceptual ability and for improving powers of visualization in lessons with both young and intermediate agedchildren,and read together with them fairy tales about colours, pictures and artists. And even if many of you still won't manage to draw very professionally, what is much more important is that such lessons will stimulate the stirrings of creativity both in children and in their tutors – and this by itself is no mean achievement!
All art lessons consist of games, fairy tales, creative tasks, plays and drawings.
Development of willpower, development of rational thought and an enlarged vocabulary and the ability to use it together with an expansion of ideas about many subjects and phenomena in the surrounding world; an improvement of the memory; development of the creative and artistic abilities, and of imagination and the dramatic sense; the establishment of standards of colour, sizes and forms; development of motor coordination; and not least, an acquaintance with treasures of world culture.
As children become acquainted with the work of artists, the most important thing is to ignite within them a spark of wonder at the unique world of these special people, to help them become participants in the magic of discovering life. We have selected the most vivid aspects of artists' work and stories of the innermost aspects of their lives. Words from the artists' own diaries and letters help to establish a vital link between them and the child's soul, questions and exercises help the child to see the world through artists' eyes and teach him or her to create.
GETTING TO KNOW ARTISTS
- The artist as a person
- The artist as a creator
- The artist's inner world
- The role of art in society
SHARING IN CREATIVE WORK
- Discovering the mysteries of creating
- Learning to sense the artist's character through his work
- Writing stories and poems about artists and colors
- The magical images of nature
ENTERING THE WORLD OF THE PICTURE
- A tour through the picture
- The mood of the picture
- Bouquets of love, joy and goodness
- Mixed approach: paints, music and words
All questions and exercises are intended to help children learn, through discovering the mysteries of the visual arts, to express their innermost beings through their own creative work. The page with sample children's drawings contains work from Molodik Children's Centre in Vitebsk (teacher Lilia Senko) and School No. 35 in Izhevsk (teacher Svetlana Melnik).
FRAGMENT FROM THE BOOK ‘VISUAL ART.
HOW TO TEACH DRAWING SKILL”
The Tale of an Artist
Once upon a time there lived an artist who painted the most wonderful pictures of forests, fields, mountains and sky. Everywhere he looked he saw beauty, and everyone loved his works. The artist often went for walks, sometimes returning after an hour, sometimes only after three, but each time he returned home his eyes would be shining and he would create a new painting. One day it would be a delicate flower, the next - a brilliant sunrise. "Oh! How gorgeous!" people always exclaimed.
Yet one day the artist did not return from his walk, or the next day. He was gone for a whole week, and when he did get home his eyes were not shining and he couldn't paint a single thing. From that day on he gave up his brush and canvas. Instead, he spent long hours wandering the woods and fields, his face blacker than a storm cloud when he again crossed the threshold of his house, and he never stayed home long before he was off again. His heart gave him no peace and, however hard he tried, he could not paint even one picture.
"What are you looking for?' people asked.
"I'm looking for Beauty," he replied.
"Well, take a look around you! There's beauty everywhere! That enchanting meadow, for example, with the birch trees in the distance."
"Yes, I can see it. It's a small part of all the beauty of the world, but I want to capture it all, to paint a single masterpiece with all the world's Beauty on one canvas."
After hearing such words people would shake their heads and walk away, but the artist continued his restless search. One night he lost his way amongst the fields, and was so tired from his long walk that he lay down to rest right on the grass. He gazed at the stars shining in the sky far above, and to his amazement, his eyes lighted on a majestic woman garbed in robes of the darkest blue. "It's the Queen of the Heavens herself!" he thought. "She is the keeper of the mystery of all the world's Beauty."
He bowed deeply before her and begged in the humblest of voices, "O Heavenly Queen! Grant me the gift of your secret Beauty, that I might share it with others, or else I will never find peace."
The Queen smiled, and her reply echoed in the vaults of the sky.
"Beauty, like a gem-stone, has many facets. They shine in more ways than you could ever count. Tell me, mortal artist, how could your flat canvas hope to capture these numberless signs of beauty? Even so, good artist, I shall tell you this, that even the tiniest of flowers on earth reflects my Beauty, just as a fragment of mirror can reflect all of heaven. But you must know how to look."
When the artist woke, the enchanting star-studded night sky still stretched forever above him. Deep in thought, he set off for home, and this time - when he eventually arrived - his eyes were shining as if he were seeing the world for the very first time. He began to paint all the wonderful things he had seen in the course of his long wanderings. People looked at his work and cried out, "Oh! How beautiful!"
And now their eyes would be opened, too.
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