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Category: Advanced Studios

Animal Abstraction

Feeling a bit stuck? Need a diversion? Your pets can be a source of creativity. No pet? What about your plants? Yourself? Anything can be the start of an abstract masterpiece. Most phones allow you to change the colors of images and draw on pictures. Can you create an abstract masterpiece from an image of your pet? Post your best creations and tag us @akronartmuseum #animalabstraction Here are some samples to get you thinking.

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Drawing Day

If you’ve ever written your name on a piece of paper, you’re prepared to learn to draw.

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Try This: Kintsukuroi

Repairs can be beautiful if you try this Japanese traditional craft.

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Try This: Geometric Relief Prints

Explore pattern with this easy print project. What You Need Hot glue, cardboard, ink, paper Try this?

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Try This: Hot Glue Relief Prints

Printmaking at home just requires a little ingenuity. Here is an easy printmaking project. What You Need cardboard, ink, paper, hot glue Try this? Work slowly so you don’t burn yourself.

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relief print of whale from hot glue and plate

Try This: Photocollage Book

Photocollages are an easy way to add complex imagery to an artwork. What You Need photographs or printouts, markers, glue, and paper Try This

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Try This: Vinyl Decal Callograph

Vinyl is durable and easy to cut. It makes for an easy way to do repetitive patterns. What You Need cardboard, vinyl, ink, a roller, paper Try this?

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Try This: Drawing Tools

Drawing from life is easiest with items at hand, like drawing utensils. What You Need paper and writing utensils Try This? Take your time to draw something at hand. Try it over and over.

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Try This: Linocuts

Linocut prints are a relief print technique that allows artists to make multiple images from the same plate. What you need: Linoleum block, a linocut tool, ink, paper, and a burren Try this? You can play around with your image before cutting. Remember you need to reverse your image in your plate.

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Try This: Drawing from Life

Drawing from life allows you to hone your observational skills. What you need A pen and paper. Try to avoid an eraser. Try This? There is no trick to learn to draw from life. Just practice and practice more.

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