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Art and activities curated by Burlington City Arts designed to bring people together through an online community. For the next few weeks, new activities will be posted each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Share what you've created and post activity ideas of your own to our Facebook Group. These prompts are designed to be engaging, inspiring, and stress-reducing: forget about perfection and just have fun. Many of these ideas come from BCA's See.Think.Do! and Art from the Heart programs.

Activities

Activity Seven: Foods of the Future: What Will We Eat?

Inspired by BCA's current Apocalypse Diet exhibition, imagine what foods we will eat in the future. What will be different? Will we eat more wild edibles, bugs, and algae? Will some foods be 3-D printed or engineered to be more nutritious? Create an imaginary meal of the future using a variety of art and recycled materials. Create a 2-D futuristic meal using collage images, drawings, and cut paper. Or, create a 3-D futuristic meal using modeling clay and a variety of art and recycled materials. Describe your imaginary foods, including their smell, taste, and texture.

Connects with exhibition themes of food and food security, future, climate change,environment, wild-edibles, survival, non-traditional art materials, and formal elements of art.

Materials:

Construction paper, drawing paper, craft papers
Paper plates/doilies/ or cut your own paper plate template
Felt
Modeling clay in a variety of colors.
Variety of recycled materials found around the house
Pencil, colored pencils, markers
Tempera, acrylic, or watercolor paints / brush
Pipe cleaners, Twisteez craft wire, pompoms
Collage images from magazines or printed from the web
Scissors, glue, glue stick, tape

Example:

Activity Six: Zentangle

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. This project is courtesy of zentangle.com, via BCA's Art from the Heart program.

1. Draw a rectangle or use your paper as the frame.
2. Use a pen and a pencil. No eraser! If you make a “mistake,” turn it into something in your tangle.
3. Draw a “string” line (think of what a string looks like if you dropped it on your paper) or a zigzag line on your space.
4. Use your pen to fill in sections with tangles (see examples or come up with your own!). Tangles come from patterns we see in the world...great patterns are everywhere.
5. Use your pencil to shade your tangles.
6. Turn your page as you work.
7. Share your work!

 

 

 

Activity Five: Biomorphic Design Relief Sculpture

Create your own biomorphic design inspired by Crystal Wagner’s amazing large-scale installation Traverse. Gather inspiration from different shapes and patterns found in nature, such as butterfly wings, flowers, seed pods, ripples in water, and clouds. Explore organic designs and patterns in the form of a relief sculpture using colorful cardstock shapes and tissue paper “dots”. This project connects with exhibition themes of the environment, nature, organic shapes and forms, texture, everyday materials, and transformation. This activity explores the sensory experience of Crystal Wagner’s art making process in which she creates a color palette and pushes her materials through holes in chicken wire to make her designs. Wagner considers this drawing and painting "in space."

Process:

Create organic designs and patterns inspired by nature using tissue paper and a color paper shape base. Decide on a color palette before you begin, using no more than four different colors of tissue paper to create your design. Think about different shapes and patterns found in nature to create your paper shape and design, such as butterfly wings, flowers, seedpods, ripples in water, clouds, etc. Cut the organic shape base from a piece of colorful heavy paper, such as cardstock. Feel free to draw your design on your paper base before adding tissue paper dots. To make the tissue paper dots, press a small piece of tissue paper around the eraser end of a pencil or use your finger, then dip the bottom of the paper dot into glue and press it onto your paper shape to create your design.

Materials List:

  • Colorful card stock paper for sculpture base
  • Tissue paper, cut into 1 ½ inch squares, a variety of bright colors
  • Pencils with good eraser ends
  • Crayons for drawing designs and color coding areas prior to gluing tissue dots
  • White or tacky Glue / paper plates for sharing glue
  • Scissors

     

Activity Four: Watercolor Ideas

Explore the guide from BCA's Art from the Heart program below for inspirational ideas for new or experienced painters. From experimenting with sprinkling salt to painting to music, use this guide as a launchpad for boundless creativity.

 

Activity Three: Fantastical Character Portrait

Create your own fantastical character mixed-media art inspired by the imaginative art of Dusty Boynton. Explore a variety of materials to make colorful patterns and expressive mark-making to bring your character to life. This project connects to themes from Dusty Boynton’s exhibition From Within, which the BCA Center hosted from January 19, 2018-April 7, 2019. Themes include memory, emotion, fantastic imagery, gestural painting style, story, and imagination.

Process:

To create your fantastical character portrait, use your imagination or think of a person or animal in your life to inspire your ideas. Use paint, collage materials, and a variety of drawing materials on paper to create a mixed-media portrait of your character. Use lines, brush strokes, shapes, colors, and patterns to represent your character’s personality, emotions, and special qualities or powers. Tell or write a story about your character and what they are doing. Have fun!

Materials:

Drawing paper
Pencil
Paint: watercolor, tempera, or acrylic
Paint brushes / water
Collage materials from magazines
Color construction paper or cardstock
Decorative or craft paper cut into different shapes
Colored pencils
Crayons or craypas
Markers
Scissors
Glue or glue stick

 

Activity Two: Perfect Day Poem Collage

Dreaming of a perfect day? Express it with mixed media found around the house by creating a collage-poem.

Process:

  • Based on what the poem is describing, select different pattern paper to cut out shapes that illustrate the poem.
  • Glue the pattern paper shapes onto the cardstock to create a collage.
  • After the collage is complete, use the Sharpie to write the poem anywhere on the collage to combine the poem with the illustration.
  1. Brainstorm about what your perfect day would be like. Think of specific details: what it looks like, what it smells like, what it feels like, etc. Write down any words that come to mind.
  2. Begin your poem by completing the following sentence: “The perfect day for me would be…”
  3. Write as many lines to the poem as needed until it feels finished.

Tweak It! Pick a different poem topic: your favorite person or pet, your ideal garden or favorite season…anything!

Writer’s block? Simply create a perfect day collage.

Materials:

  • Pen or pencil
  • A variety of pattern paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • One piece of white cardstock
  • Thin Sharpie (black or any color)

 

Activity One: Radial Symmetry Design

Many of the works in BCA's recent exhibition Transcendent:Spirituality in Contemporary Art, explore shapes, repetition, pattern, and symmetry. These artistic forms, like Zarina’s Spinning House, involve repeated actions, like the creation of the same shape in a radial design. In this way, the action of artmaking can mirror the practice of spirituality, since both use ritual and repetition.

Experience Transcendent through our 360 virtual tour, and then create your own cut paper design that explores shape, pattern, repetition, and radial symmetry.

This activity connects with exhibition themes of meditation, ritual, transformation, sacred geometry, symmetry, and formal elements of art.

Process: Draw a shape of your own design, no larger than 4 or 5 inches, on a piece of sturdy paper to make a template. Use your template to cut 10-12 copies of the same shape out of paper of your choice. To create your radial design, find the center point on a piece of paper and place your paper shapes, one-by-one, in the same orientation, around the central axis. When you have decided on the placement of your paper shapes to create a radial design, glue the shapes onto the paper to complete your composition. Notice how your design is a mirror image from top to bottom and side to side. Think about how the process of making your radial design is like a meditation. Have fun!

Materials:

Heavy drawing paper or tag board to make stencil
Construction paper in two different colors
Pencil
Scissors
Glue or glue stick

 

360 Gallery Tours

Winter / Spring 2020 Exhibitions

Transcendent: Spirituality in Contemporary Art

Sarah Amos: Unique Multiples

Rebecca Weisman: Skin Ego

Crystal Wagner: Traverse

Dusty Boynton: From Within

 

See. Think. Do! Activity Guides

Winter / Spring 2020 Exhibitions

Transcendent: Spirituality in Contemporary Art

Sarah Amos: Unique Multiples

Rebecca Weisman: Skin Ego

Crystal Wagner: Traverse

 

Exhibition Catalogs

Sarah Amos: Unique Multiples

Rebecca Weisman: Skin Ego