You know the drill: At the end of the song, everyone scrambles to find a chair to sit in. The last person standing is out. I never did like that game. Turns out I am much too generous. If someone really wants a chair that badly, they can be my guest and just have it.
On Tuesday night, I decided to play a modified version of this game with my class:
5 artists. One canvas. We each had the length of one song to make our contribution to the painting. When the song ends, the next artist is up.
I warned my students to not allow themselves to get attached to the developing work. If a contributing artist decides to undo everything they just did, well that’s totally ok. No hard feelings.
There was hesitation at first, but then things really started moving.
The results were inspiring. Each artist’s contribution is clearly visible, not unlike a colorful patchwork of different styles and ideas. The amazing thing is this: It all works together beautifully.
I can’t wait to share with you the finished results! I’ll keep you posted.
Oh and in case you were wondering, the painting we worked on is the one on the table in the last photo.
This blog was created to share my belief that the art making process can be a vehicle for empowerment.
I am living proof.