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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



Use Logic

Use Logic's Code. Have we been taught that math and science are not creative? How much farther from the truth could that be? Embrace your mind as the creative tool that it is.


  • Include details
  • Get curious
  • Ask questions
  • Research

Lesson Plan: Symbols and Systems

Build your own toolkit...


  • Stickman. Draw a stickman family. Add straight hair, curly hair, glasses, clothing, a dog. What else do you remember from childhood?
  • House. Draw a house and sun. Add windows, a chimney, smoke, grass, a tree, swing, mailbox. What else can you add?
  • Smile. Draw a smiley face. Add lips, teeth, eyebrows, eyelashes, freckles, hair. What else belongs?


  • Streets. Draw street signs: Stop, Yield, Merge. Google "street signs". Draw a message using a street sign.
  • Chemistry. Draw chemical symbols: H2O, CO2, He. Google "chemical symbols". Draw a design using a repeating chemical symbol.
  • Electricity. Draw electrical symbols: Ground, Battery, Source. Google "electrical symbols". Draw an oversized electrical symbol with thick bold borders.


  • Garage. Inventory the garage. What simple shapes can you draw? Wrench, wheel, screw, tire tread. Google "garage symbols" and see the variety. Draw 5 wrenches at different angles. Add words inside each.
  • Kitchen. Inventory the kitchen. What simple shapes can you draw? Fork, cup, pot, wine glass. Google "kitchen symbols" and see the variety. Draw a plate with forks, knives and spoons radiating outward. Encircle with more plates, and add another later of utensils radiating outward.
  • Office. Inventory the office. What simple shapes can you draw? Pencil, keyboard, scissors, ruler. Google "office symbols" and see the variety. Draw paperclips, one inside the next, inside the next. Imagine the paper as a maze. Draw a squiggle thru the maze.


  • Calendar. Review a calendar. Notice the main features: grid lines, days of the week, numbers of the month. What is written on the calendar? Visits from family, doctor's appointments, deadlines. Draw a small calendar in the middle of your page. Extend some of the lines out to the edges. Add encouraging words and intriguing designs to the empty spaces.
  • Clock. Review a clock. Notice the main features: Hours, minutes, a square or circular design. How do you feel about 8 a.m., Noon, 5 p.m., 8 p.m.? Draw the clock at 5 p.m.. Encircle the design with words about what you do and feel at 5 p.m.
  • List. Write a task list. Cross out completed items. Darken important items. Add numbers, stars, question marks and parenthesis. Add a border around the page; Inside it, write a short story about why and how these tasks should be completed.


  • Office. Google "office layout". Notice the main features: walls, doors, desks, chairs. Draw a layout of the space you are in now. For more ideas, google "architectural design".
  • Circuit. Google "circuit diagram". Notice the main features: switches, resistors, voltage. Select one and draw it. For more ideas, google "engineering diagram."
  • Heart. Google "heart diagram". Notice the main features: aorta, atrium, ventricle. Select one and draw it. For more ideas, google "anatomical drawing".


  • Workflow. Google "workflow diagram". Notice the main features: squares for actions, triangles for decisions, lines between each step. Draw a workflow diagram for a decision you need to make. For more ideas, google "decision tree".
  • Aerodynamics. Google "aerodynamics". Notice the main features: a plane or car, with lines drawn moving from one side to the other, hugging the curves and features, illustrating how the object moves thru the air, and how the air currents respond. Draw a car with air currents.
  • Weather. Google "weather map". Notice the main features: high and low pressure systems, arrows, sun and rain. Draw a weather map for your region.




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