Keeping Communities Connected Through Art
The Art Studio is New Castle County’s community art center. We miss our community of artists so we decided to come up with ways to stay connected and creative while we must be apart. We put the call out and our talented instructors came up with the ideas for The Doodle Challenge and Mini Art Lessons to Try at Home.
“Staying creatively connected in times of isolation and self-distancing will lift spirits and make a difference for anyone who reaches for supplies on-hand,” said Art Studio instructor, Jane Quartarone, and we could not agree more!
The Doodle Challenge is a weekly collaborative art project with a new doodle prompt sent out weekly. People are encouraged to share their doodles through social media. Collected doodles will be combined into a collaborative installation at The Art Studio when we reopen.
Why doodling? Doodling has many benefits including relieving stress, helping with concentration, and it is a great outlet for everyday creativity. Best of all it can be done by people of all ages and skill levels with materials most people have on-hand at home.
How can you contribute your doodle? All you need to do is:
Set aside at least 5 minutes each week to take on the weekly prompt. With no plan, no words and no judgement just start making marks. Use lines, patterns, shapes and let one mark lead to another. No expectations - just have fun!
Mini Art Lessons to Try at Home are manageable art projects that can serve as the perfect enrichment activity to go along with remote learning or simply a fun family project. Inspired by our Creative Art Saturdays community engagement program which offers free drop-in art workshops across New Castle County, we adapted lesson plans to make them simple, educational, and impactful for completion at home. Each family-friendly lesson has step-by-step instructions, supply lists with materials that can be found around the house and information about the artist who provided the project’s inspiration. Projects are shared weekly on our social medial channels. You can find projects online now at newcastlede.gov/artstudio that were inspired by Salvador Dali’s Surrealism, Alexander Calder’s Kinetic Sculptures, Pablo Picasso’s Cubism, and 3D Optical Art. Projects are also posted weekly on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/nccartstudio/ and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NCCHappenings/.
We will continue to brainstorm more ideas to keep you crafting in the coming weeks. We wish we could all be together telling stories and making friend as we make art. Until we can do that again, we will continue to create ways that we all can stay connected with art. To stay up to date with what is going, on visit newcastlede.gov/artstudio.