Here's some stuff that we came up with years ago on this list that might be good as a starting point for your lesson plan (i know this isn't exactly what you meant by your original request - it's a bit of a divergence but it all ties together with the idea of being an artist, the artistic process and how to get yourself going....)
Learning to think like an artist means:
* looking at things more closely than most people do.
* finding beauty in everyday things and situations.
* making new connections between different things and ideas.
* going beyond ordinary ways of thinking and doing things.
* looking at things in different ways in order to generate new perspectives.
* taking risks and exposing yourself to possible failure.
* arranging things in new and interesting ways.
* working hard and at the edge of your potential.
* persisting where others may give up.
* concentrating your effort and attention for long periods of time.
* dreaming and fantasizing about things.
* using old ideas to create new ideas and ways of seeing things.
* doing something simply because it's interesting and personally challenging to do.
Ways to modify an image or object:
start with an object
*use closure= anything that closes, shuts or goes around something
*multiply=to cause to increase in number, amount, extent, or degree
*superimpose=to put, lay or stack on top of something else
*transpose=to change the usual order or normal position; to interchange
*expand or shrink=to make a great deal larger or a great deal smaller
*distort=to twist out of shape, change the normal form
*focalize=to focus in on a small section or portion
*simplify=to make simpler, make plainer or easier
*disguise=to alter, to hide the real nature of
*fragment=to break up; a part broken away from the whole
*change perspective=to see from a different angle or viewpoint
*metamorphosis=a marked or complete change of character, appearance, condition or use
I made a handout of the above for my students starting with a pumpkin. It was really fun!
Hope this helps.
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I sent this email to the yahoo art ed group and haven't gotten much response. Maybe everyone is enjoying the last of summer vacation.
What is your artistic process? I am trying to compile a list of different ways to start a piece of art and was hoping for some suggestions. For example do you work strictly from observation or do you use photos? If you use photos do you take them yourself or use images from magazines? If your work is abstract how do you start? Do you have a preconceived idea on how the abstract painting should look like when finished or is it a complete surprise when finished? Please don't just limit this to painting but drawing, ceramic, fibers or any art medium.
My propose for this is to create a lesson plan on how artist create. How they begin their project. Must students have a hard time coming up with ideas on what to create without looking at a magazine and copying a famous person or an idol of some kind. So I am trying to figure how to address this problem in a lesson.
Plus, what do you do if you are "blocked." You want to create something but just can't come up with an idea to put down on paper, canvas or whatever you chosen medium is.
Thanks for your help and I look forward to the responses.