Finally, a bit of colour for the blog!
I am running two extra-curricular activities this term, both for students in Years 6-8. Here are some pictures of the work my Extreme Doodling class has been doing so far.
I started off with a quick 'post-it doodle' activity to warm them up. This took a whole lesson, but several of the students took their work away to complete at home: always a good sign! The bright colours of the post-its and the speed of the fineliners we used really helped them get going and freed up their ideas a little.
Next, I gave them each a quarter circle template on A4 paper and left them to it! They got a range of felt pens, fineliners and copic-style markers to work with. It was good to see a wide range of styles and approaches developing, as well as the way certain ideas spread around the group. Most of the students are listening to music as they work in class, which I've encouraged. Many are happy to chat as they work, which helps the doodling approach.
This week, things have taken off in a new direction with sheets from this book:
The Process: A New Foundation in Art and Design is a compendium of 13 experimental projects designed to teach conceptual thinking and problem solving to art and design students ... Each project is illustrated with multiple visual solutions, provided to inspire creativity and illustrate that there can be multiple solutions to a single problem.
It's an absolutely stunning and inspirational read - I highly recommend it! Several student responses to the first projects in the book are included in the slideshow below.
Looking at how well Extreme Doodling is going, I might offer it as an ECA next term to older students, in the run-up to their exams. I can see that it would be great as a 'mindfulness' type of activity, to complement all the revision and study they'll hopefully be doing at that time!