Hi young art makers!
Can I tell you a secret? Art is actually a secret vault to store magic in. And magic is real, but you knew that already. The best part about the magical art vault, is that the magic goes in once, and then it never stops coming out. Some pieces of art are still transmitting their magic hundreds of years later.
Here’s how it works. Think of a feeling, like, how excited you felt when you first went down a water slide, or how sad you were when your dog died, or the special way you felt when your best friend gave you a really thoughtful present.
Now connect those feelings to other things like shapes, textures, and colors. Are the feelings squishy like wet clay? Prickly like a cat’s tongue? What color are they? What kinds of movements do they make? Jumpy? Splooshy? Very, very still? Do they sink or hover? If they were an animal what animal would they be? What flower? What ordinary object?
Or flip all that and take a look around you. Do blue cars make you feel safe? Do long empty hallways make you feel bored? Or trapped? Is there something about the new haircut of the person who sits in front of you in class that makes your heart feel dizzy? What does your dizzy heart want to draw? The haircut? Or something that seems unrelated but still the dizziness points you in its direction? Sometimes dizziness in my heart makes me want to draw flowing fabric, or stars falling slowly, or light through water.
If you do this lots of times and in lots of ways—jump from feeling to color, from color to material, material to subject, and back to feeling, you’ll start to carve out a little space in the world.
That’s the vault.
Somehow those thoughts and feelings, the odd stuff that makes you you, the parts that don’t have an already-known way to be expressed, they’ll make their way into that vault. And others will see them and their hearts will awaken with strangely familiar truths. You will have used inert material to send feeling across time and space in a little package called an artwork, and you will be a magician.
May you make lots and lots of magic.