Possible Classroom Concepts: Fine Motor Skills, Social Studies – Countries Around the World (Japan)
Language Arts: Literature
Possible Art Concepts: Art History – Jackson Pollock, Jay Dart, Wassily Kandinsky, Sally Muir
Elements of Art – Line, Texture, Styles of Art – Abstract (Objective and Nonobjective)
I was recently perusing Amazon looking for an art related gift for a toddler. Frankly, there wasn’t much out there for kids at the scribble stage. I found some finger paints and a sad looking sticker activity that I would never buy. Then, the other day, the wonderful blogger vlogger art teacher, Cassie Stephens, mentioned the picture book I’m NOT just a Scribble… by Diane Alber. I immediately looked up the book and was blown away. This book is “NOT just about scribbling”. It’s also about feelings, acceptance, and friendship. It comes with a sticker sheet so that readers can create their own Scribble creatures. I can see this book being read and enjoyed by children aged one to seven. Go to Alber’s Facebook page to learn more about the importance of the scribble stage and see a video version of her book. See what you think.
Diane Alber is a parent who was inspired by her son’s scribbles. This reminds me of artist, Jay Dart, who incorporates his son’s scribbles into some of his drawings. I Spy here the drawings with scribbles which become the northern lights, a rock to climb or fish from. What a great way to record both artist’s progress. I wish I had thought of that when my girls were young. Alas, I do have the scribbles incorporated into this post as a gift from one of my three daughters though. Not sure which one, made the wonderful markings in the empty journal I keep on my dresser. Thanks whichever of you did. What a treat!
A famous artist’s work that looks a lot like scribbles is that of Jackson Pollock. He literally scribbled in the air with very thin paint that dropped on a canvas on the floor. This is probably why his paintings were dubbed “Action Paintings. Look here to see his Autumn Rhythm (Number 30). Find a Mati and Dada video explaining Pollock’s process here.
Older students can create art with scribbles as well. In my teaching days, I’d have students break up their picture plane with a large scribble. Then, just as we tried to find images in the clouds as kids, I’d ask them to find images in the scribbles. See a couple examples of this process done by Art Mash here. I also like these Japanese koi fish made from a looped scribble taught by Art Project Girl. If you click on Cassie Stephen’s name above, you will find another scribbled line lesson about Wassily Kandinsky‘s work. I love how she incorporates the definitions of objective abstraction and nonobjective abstraction in her lesson. Students can also make close scribbles to create a furry textured animal shape like artist, Sally Muir, did for this dog. Create some really cool accidental scribbles with these Spin-Art Dreidels by Crafts by: Esther O .
So, whether for fine motor skills, literature or creativity, I say “Keep Calm and Scribble On!” What do you say? I’d love to hear. Simply click on the post’s title and scroll down to the comment section. If you like what you’ve seen here, please feel free to toss me a “like” or better still become a follower.
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