Art is about individual expression and creativity; however, sometimes these skill can be improved and inspired through mimicking other subjects, movements and ideas. Lead your children or students in a variety of mimicry art projects to give each youngster the encouragement and guidance to create his own one-of-a-kind art piece.
Show children various artistic techniques by leading them through the creation process. These projects should be done step-by-step, encouraging the youngsters to mimic each move you make until the project is complete. For example, showcase how to draw a lady bug by first drawing a circle on a paper, then asking the children to do the same. Continue this process to complete the insect, guiding the children as you draw each line. Use this mimicry technique for other art forms, including painting, sculpting and bead work.
Help children improve their motor skills while creating a one-of-a-kind work of art using a mirror image technique. This creation calls on the youngsters to try to be ambidextrous as they hold a crayon or marker in each hand. As their dominant hand begins to draw, the other hand should create a mirror image of the same movement on the other side of the page. Use this style to draw two sides of a person's face, or write a name both forwards and backwards.
Allow children to mimic the motions of classmates, siblings or friends by drawing the movements they see. Ask a subject of the art piece to dance across the room. While she moves, the other children should move their markers across a page in a continuous line that mimics the dancer. Use other subjects as inspiration for this project, such as an animal, leaf blowing in the wind or a flashlight beaming across a blank wall.
Camouflage is the art of mimicking surroundings or features to blend in. Children can mimic a place or animal by creating a costume of the subject. Assist children in turning a paper plate into an animal mask by cutting out eye holes, gluing on paper ears and decorating it with colors. Or, have them select an environment they want to blend into, such as a garden or decorated wall. Give the children a blank T-shirt and fabric paints to draw a copy of the background, creating a camouflage garment they can wear to mimic their surroundings.
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