Today I´m going to show you another facet of myself. I have also been teaching art to children and love it.
Here I´m sharing with you the process of making this creativity tool I started elaborating last March and little by little I have been making more rings and possibilities.
I love painting from random ideas and creating a narrative that can come from the subconscious.
I also teach children art classes in this way and during our severe lockdown in Spain last spring I only had online contact with my students and found some difficulties I tried to overcome.
I had this idea that if I made a wheel with different levels and elements this could be a way of starting a story with random objects or characters.
I went into my workshop and found some wood and cut it into the shapes I wanted and sanded them down, the most complicated piece to make and build was the window panel.
This took quite a challenge for me, to make all the windows almost the same.
I´m not a carpenter but I work out ways to use the tools available and did my best.
So, then I started to paint the different panels with background colours to start the story telling images.
Carefully applied the windows.
Then comes the fun!
Then another story wheel. Both of these can be changed at the base, depending on the story elements you want to have.
So, here you can see the different parts of the wheel and each larger or smaller wheel can be changed for another.
I then made a base for it and a few extra wheels that offer patterns and colours.
So, finally the way i have been using it with my art students this past winter is that they have to choose the selection of wheel of the three sizes, mount them with the hand clock and then turn the wheels in opposite directions and the result of the elements you have to work on are the ones that the the clock and cover. So, for example you get the cat at night in one, the window and then the crazy bird cycling along a field. With all these elements the children had to build up an image and from there comes a little story. This was a great way to get the image started in their minds when starting a new painting.
Here are a couple of my students playing with the wheel and getting their stories going.
Then I also have adult friends who have enjoyed playing with this after gathering for dinner one day.
I haven´t finished this yet, I always build in new circles.
One day I might make into a card board game to sell in a box.
Best wishes from Ibiza,
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