ART Spark

Setting aside time in your day to do a quick art activity can be restorative and get your creative juices flowing. Here are some quick, easy, and fun projects. Ready, set, CREATE!


Write your name, word, or heart in the center of the page. Then draw one continuous line around it. Draw one continuous line around the perimeter or a series of radiating lines. 

Blind Contour Drawing

Without looking down on your paper, draw an object with one continuous line. This can be you hand, plant, pet or piece of fruit. Look in a mirror and draw a self-portrait. 


Using a collection of pens or utensils, create a mandala by organizing elements so they are radially symmetric and the elements radiate outwards from the center.

Foil Sculpture

Using aluminum foil, create a sculpture that expresses a word such as fire, water, air, flight or an emotion such as hope. 


Draw four dots to define a 3-1/2"x3-1/2" square. Using the zentangle method, connect the dots and then draw a "string" to divide the tile into sections. It can be a zigzag, loop, X, a swirl or other zentangle shape. Color in the shapes you've created.


Draw a loose squiggly lines. Like seeing forms in clouds, turn your scribble into an image. Add eyes to make a creature. Or perhaps you see a flower and add a vase. Or a spaceship? A variation is to crumple up a piece of paper and see images in the random fold lines. If you have ink, make a Splat figure.


Gather scraps of paper, fabric or other materials: newspapers, magazines, twine, and netting. Anything goes! Now arrange the items into a composition. It can be a shape or free form. Mix it up tear or  cut , play with scale and color.


As part of their practice, some artists use collaging as starting points for their paintings.


Choreography is designed sequences of physical movements. Move in space to spell out your name or a word that is meaningful to you.


Try using your whole body and taking up space. Expand from big to small and high to low.

Impromptu Sculpture

You don't need special building blocks to create a sculpture. Grab a few items from around you and stack them up. See how tall or wide  you can get them.


For added fun, challenge a friend to a timed sculpture building contest such as our fork lift game.

For projects for younger kids, look for Nigel the koala. 

BIG hint! You'll find Nigel in What's different? • Play portal • We Puzzle Together for Tots

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