Artwork by C. Pembroke

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DIY Free Form Art

We are all artists, shaping ourselves, each other, and our environment. Free Form Art provides a loose structure to guide you thru the creative process. Get engaged, and enjoy impact.

INDEX 2014 - 2019
INDEX 2005 - 2010

12 Steps
4 Layers
216 Lessons
216 Steps
1 Form
2 Figures
3 Movement
4 Patterns
5 Words
6 Code
7 Content
8 Context
9 Synthesis
10 Story
11 Theme
12 Character



Draw Experience

Draw Experience with Movement. How does motion impact the brain? How do we engage with chance? Why do we travel thru time?


  • Enage your body
  • Think independently, spontaneously, incrementally
  • Identify different types of brain activity

Lesson Plan: Take time to Act and React

Experience a feedback loop...

Get Physical

  • Energy. Draw large looping movements again and again; Feel the movement in your arm and shoulder. Consider energy.
  • Concentration. Draw large and small squiggles; Darken areas with overlapping and parallel lines; Try hatch marks, criss crossing your marks one over the other. Consider concentration.
  • Fluidity. Draw continuously, without lifting your pen from the page. Start in one corner, move to the far side of the page, turn the page, and keep going. Gradually move your lines inward to the center of the page. See how long you can last. Consider fluidity.


  • Align. Breath deeply while you draw. Breath in and angle upward. Breath out and angle downward. Repeat. Consider stability.
  • Vary. Take quick shallow breaths while you draw. Draw loosely, a jagged line, across the page. Exhale slowly. Draw a slightly wavy line. Repeat. Consider instability.
  • Continue. Draw loops while you breath. Keep going and fill the page. Consider fun.

Stream of Consciousness

  • Choose. Look at a blank piece of paper, and decide where you want to make your mark: In the middle, at the edge, in between. Decide what you are in the mood to draw: a simple geometric shape, a loopy line, a dark scribble, etc. Commit and draw. Consider choice.
  • Continuous. Put your pen to the paper and draw continuously. Decide whether to move left, right, up or down. Move in that direction as long as you like, or until you are at the edge of the paper. Decide when to change direction. Decide when to twist the page. Keep drawing until the page is full. Consider options.
  • Inspiration. Draw whatever you like, and decide when to stop. Consider inspiration.


  • Nature. Flick water onto your blank page. Draw circles around each wet spot. Draw lines between each circle.
  • Increment. Flip a coin. Draw triangles for heads, and lines for tails. Repeat.
  • Interact. Drop your pen onto the page again and again. Watch the dots and scratches that appear. Connect the dots.


  • Incremental. Draw a small square at the top of your page. Below it, draw either a circle, square, or triangle. Repeat from top to bottom, deciding one step at a time what shape to draw next. Consider incremental growth.
  • Evolve. Draw a small circle in the middle of your page. Look at the results. Decide where the next shape will be placed, and whether it will be a circle, square, or triangle. Repeat, deciding one step at a time where and what to draw next. Consider evolving growth.
  • Build. Draw a large shape at the bottom of your page. Decide how the next shape will overlap. Draw the overlapping shape. Repeat. Each time, look at the results and think about what you want to add. Consider exponential growth.


  • Sound. Tap your nails on the table like a piano. What do you hear? Are these like raindrops? Draw small crescent moons clustered together. Tap your knuckles on the page. Do they sound like drums? Draw larger rectangles evenly spaced. Attempt to convey the varying experience of sound.
  • Taste. Taste lemon. Is it a sharp high note? Draw a wedge shape angled sharply, with a thin definite border. Taste bread. Is it a warmer, flatter experience? Draw a thick, even foundation, with a wavy border. Attempt to convey the varying experience of taste.
  • Touch. Scratch your nail across the palm of your other hand. Draw thin straight lines across your page. Rub your thumb across your palm. Draw wide curved lines across your page. Attempt to convey the varying experience of touch.




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