But they weren't. Our first couple of days were spent exploring doodles and getting students to come up with their designs. And they were incredible - as individual as the students were - again! It never ceases to amaze me how our brains work in a creative situation.
I am missing a couple of the students' pieces, but this shows you how amazing they all were.
|This was Diane's first study in this design. She is going to do a couple more.|
|Margaret is doing a series to spell her granddaughter's name. H above and O below.|
|Rhea's beautiful adaptation from a friend's zentangle-inspired artwork.|
|Charlene's funky teapot. A donation for a future fundraiser.|
|Connie's amazing bamboo with doodled backgrounds.|
|Pam's first and second pieces. She took to this like a fish to water.|
Nearly everyone in the class was hooking with a small cut - necessary to get the detail into the small pieces. And for the first time, I could see myself embracing the 4 cut for these tiny works of art.
When you are working on pieces as small as 5 x 5 (shown in the bottom photo), you really need to think small.
On the third day of class, I made everyone go through an exercise of bravery and daring - lol. They had to grid a 5" square on a piece of backing and then, with no preplanning - no pencils - no sketches - they had to draw a doodle directly on backing with a permanent marker!!! Everyone did it and survived. No CPR necessary - although one student was borderline for a while. Pam's bottom one shows how quickly she was able to draw and hook her little free fall piece - after finishing her first one.
It was a fun class, one I am repeating in the fall and hope to do again and again. Trust me, once you get started doing these little doodle pieces, it's hard to stop. And it's a great way to use up lots of worms.