Friday, July 22, 2011

Inspiration






I stumbled upon the artist Kimmy Cantrell as I was bloghopping one morning. I found his sculptures very inspiring, so I drew out a few ATCs from his inspiration. I love getting inspired by other artists. I was talking to my friend Sarah who does a mommy and me class with her daughter, and she was complaining about how the craft section of the class never had a sample of the completed project for them to go by. It made me think of the debate as art teachers to give the kids a sample or not. Some art teachers swear by not giving the kids a sample to look at. I disagree. I say, give them inspiration, but...... be clear that it's inspiration and their end result should not look exactly the same. I think it's important to inspire them, not frustrate them. Give them a jumping off place and see where their creativity takes them. Those who are not creative won't be frustrated and those who are creative will take the inspiration and run.

4 comments:

M. Lightner said...

I love this artist! My 5th grade classes made Kimmy Cantrell inspired faces using our end of the year paper scraps last year and they were wonderful!

roc said...

those faces are adorable. it's so great to see art that falls outside of the box!

Art at Chesterbrook Academy Elementary School said...

Your students did a fantastic job.
I Love the colors.

Beth Ann said...

I so agree with you about providing a sample. I've seen frustration and botched results too often. I show inspirational examples created by former students and myself as I'm introducing a project. Then I whisk it away so they can avoid the temptation to create an exact replica.