Welcome to Newark Community Art Club
Hello Newark Community Art Club! I hope you are all well and staying safe. For anyone new, we are a club, which I lead, and is funded by Nottinghamshire County Council Local Improvement Scheme (LIS). We normally meet once a week on Wednesdays after school at Newark Academy but currently have only digital means to stay connected. Art is helping many people to get through this difficult time and it can be a good way to deal with worries and anxiety. I have set this page up for you to look at and get some ideas for art activities you can do at home. I will put new art activities on here each week on Wednesdays until we are back to meeting up as normal. All the activities will have files you can download and either work from on screen or print out and use and will be numbered but you can do them in any order you like. Take care, stay safe and keep being creative!
Activity 1 - Colour Wheel and Colour Mixing
There are two files here for you to download and use together to do a colour theory and colour mixing activity at home. Now is an ideal time to do some colour mixing to make a rainbow inspired picture for your window.
Activity 2 - Landscapes with collaged layers
This activity will help you to look at perspective and scale of what you can see around you and the good news is that you don't need much in the way of materials - you can even use some scrap paper/packaging that might end up in recycling. Downlaod this file which will explain the activity and be creative with the materials you have at hand!
Activity 3 - Mark making and Mondrian's Trees
Learn about how the artist Piet Mondrian changed his way of drawing trees and how using different drawing strategies can change your own drawings. Download the two files below and if you have time go on and do activity 4 too which follows on from this and carries on looking at Mondrian's work and influence.
Activity 4 - Mondrian's Grids
This activity is very easy to do but at the same time gives you an idea about the power of grids, primary colours and why a black outline pops. Mondrian's work has influenced so many areas of fashion and design that it is worth spending some time researching him if you have time. The handout above on Activity 3 shows you some images of his influence including Nike Dunks :)
Activity 5 - Tony Cragg - colour and collage
Tony Cragg is a really interesting artist to look at so do look him up as part of doing this activity. Download the files below and make a Cragg inspired collage or do it on a much bigger scale as a temporary installation with real objects.
Activity 6 - Texture Hunter
For this session you are going to investigate your home/garden for texture and make a piece of art from what you find, which can either be representative or abstract.
Activity 7 - Portraits inspired by Hassan Hajjij
Look up the artist Hassan Hajjij. He is an artist who works between London and Marrakech (Morocco) and his portraits are brilliantly colourful and full of pattern. He has made portraits of some very famous people including Billie Eilish, Cardi B and Madonna. This activity will suggest ways you can do a portrait inspired by his style.
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Activity 8 - Negative space drawings
What is negative space? Why is it useful to help us improve our drawings? To understand it we need to understand line and shape first. There are two drawing exercises here which will help you improve your drawing skills and all you need is a pencil, a piece of paper and something to draw.