Are you a creative parent or teacher who’s looking for some art ideas?
Do you know about the ongoing #Tinkersketch art journal challenge that’s brewing over on Instagram? Every day, people just like you and me show up to snap and share photos of their sketchbook art ideas.
The idea behind this challenge is to make a little bit of room in our busy parenting lives to create via glueing, painting, collaging, and experimenting in a sketchbook everyday, or as often as we can.
When I first introduced this challenge I had a lot more time on my hands (check back tomorrow for an announcement about where my time went!), and I made time to create a tinkersketch every day. I now experiment in my sketchbook when I can, usually alongside my children when we’re all at the art table, and I never regret the time I spend doing this. I share this to say that if you feel strapped for time, create something when you have the time and your efforts will not go unnoticed by you or your child.
Tinkersketch Art Ideas: Highlights from Instagram
There’s a lovely crew of dedicated tinkersketchers who continue to inspire me and each other with their quick sketches, material explorations, and collaborative art journaling with kids. Chelsey, one of my Tinkersketch buddies, wrote this inspiring post about her Tinkersketch journey. She says in the post, “I thought hard about doing it, but was really nervous. I don’t think I’ve ever even owned a sketchbook in my life. I am NOT an artist and do not feel creative in any way.” And then she tackled the project with so much gusto that I’ve considered asking her to take it over!
Here’s a peek at a few of my favorite images from this month…
Altered book image, @emog
Sometimes the tinkersketch moves off the page like this Pumpkin Painting, @supershortcake,
Child’s Tinkersketch: “Lucy is inside a robot and controlling it on the left. On the right is Lucy and theo. theo is sad because he wants to be in the robot., @cmarashian who blogs at Buggy and Buddy.
Mixed Media Weaving, @emog
THIS WEEK’S TINKERSKETCH PROMPTS
When I first shared this challenge I posted prompts, and it’s been a while since I’ve picked up on this. Will you tell me if this is useful?
Feel free to use the art prompts if they work for you or ignore them completely and forge your own sketchbook path. Sketches can happen in a traditional sketchbook or on just about anywhere you can dream up. Remember, this past week @Supershortcake made her tinkersketch on a pumpkin, so go on and think outside the box. The objective is to make a little time to experiment with new art ideas in a supportive environment.
- Fill the page with Jack-O-Lanterns
- Draw with a hot glue gun
- Combine skinny strips of tape and leaves in a collage
- Make (and use) paper stencils like these
- Paint an abstract picture of the colors of the weather
- Write a poem about the place you live, and illustrate it
- Document a song that you can’t get out of your head
How to SHARE your tinkersketch
- Instagram: Upload a photo of your DPS with the hashtag #tinkersketch. My username is tinkerlab, in case you’d like to follow me
- Facebook: Upload a photo of your DPS directly to the Tinkerlab Facebook page
- Google+: Upload your DPS photo to your own page. Tag me @rachelle doorley and/or @tinkerlab. Add the hashtag #tinkersketch
- Twitter: Add the hashtag #tinkersketch
- If you’re a Blogger, write a post about your tinkersketch adventures and share it with me! Feel free to snag the button up there if you’d like.
If you want to read more about the Tinkersketch project hop over here for the introduction and more info on how you can join.
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