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April 2006

 

 

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Line Colour Form

 

by Andrea Bislin

 

A Basic Introduction and Exercises for Playful Artistic Exploration,
Enlivened Creativity and Personal Development - a Workbook

 

Creativity is the ability of realizing the utmost, even with very limited means. It is the capacity of transforming things in an unexpected way. Transformation requires sensitivity of qualitative differentiation from the creator, and her or his skilled perception for the recognition of the inherent potential and essence of even very small or unspectacular things. Creativity is a never-ending source; the more you engage, the richer and wider it gets. It is the experience of richness: in that sense, an artist is never poor.

Being creative is an exciting and never ending learning process, and as with every learning process, it can also be a healing process, so these three elements, (creativity, learning and healing), are strongly interconnected.

This workbook deals with the three main expressions of visual art: drawing, painting and sculpting. Practical and playful exercises with coloured examples follow explanations about creativity, the different artistic elements, healing aspects of art, social potential of artistic group-work, self reflection, and general awareness: a source for everybody interested in artistic and personal development.

 

About the author:
Andrea Bislin is an artist, an art and craft teacher and art therapist, as well as a biographical counsellor with working experiences in different schools, teacher training programmes, cultural centres and psychiatric hospitals.
Born in Brasil, she mainly grew up and studied in Switzerland, completing her studies in England before coming to India.

 

CONTENTS

6 Introduction and purpose of this book

7 THE MEANING OF CREATIVITY
7 What is creativity?
8 How to enhance creativity?
8 Changing consciousness
9 Creating space
9 Healing aspects of artistic creativity
12 Social potential of creativity
12 Playful drawing and painting interactions in groups

15 ADDITIONAL INTERPLAY OF PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND ARTISTIC ACTIVITY
15 Drawing, seeing and thinking
15 Self-awareness
18 Holistic experience of artistic expression
19 Inner attitude to fulfil these playful artistic exercises
20 The power of restriction the relevance of clear exercises

27 DRAWING
27 Drawing development
27 The quality of lines
28 Movement - an important aspect in the play of lines
29 Body experiences and movement
33 The qualities and dynamics of sketches
34 Drawing materials
37 Playful drawing explorations

47 FURTHER BASIC ARTISTIC MEANS OF IMPORTANCE
47 Inspiration through occasional forms and patterns
49 Working with sound and words
49 Sensation and qualities of texture
54 Composition and 'picture-finding'
65 Positive and negative space
67 Light and Darkness
74 Perspective and Illusion
76 Dealing with drawings and paintings
78 Differences between drawing and painting
80 Working with children

82 PAINTING
82 The world of colour
84 Effect of colours and their symbolic meanings
87 Painting-material
88 Watercolour
91 'Wet-in-wet' technique
92 Veil-painting
93 General exercises to experience colour
95 Primary and secondary colours
96 The colour contrasts
96 Complementary contrast
97 Cold / warm contrast
98 Light / Dark contrast
98 Simultaneous contrast
99 Colour against colour contrast
99 Quality contrast
100 Quantity contrast
101 Characterless or characterful combinations
103 Colour perspective
104 Inspirations from art history
104 Impressionism and Pointillism
105 Expressionism
106 Cubism

107 SCULPTING (CLAY WORK)
107 Introduction to clay work
107 Handling of clay
109 Clay work with children
110 The sense of touch
113 Sculptural work and drawing
115 Techniques and characteristics of clay modelling
115 Considerations about the size of sculpture
116 The sculpture and its orientation in space
117 Experiencing different working methods
117 Experimenting with different tools
118 Textural surfaces
119 The artistic means of three-dimensional work
120 Social interaction through sculptural clay work

124 FURTHER MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES

124 Playing with other materials
127 Playing with further techniques


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