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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



Engage in Destruction

Engage in Destruction with Content. How do we make sense of a chaotic world? So many inputs and possibilities... Take your time to absorb and record.


  • Develop new modes of understanding
  • Focus concentration
  • Itemize influence

Lesson Plan: Define Action and Structure

Describe who is doing what, and why it matters...

The 4W's

  • Who. Consider a person. Reflect on that person's looks, actions, profession, mannerisms, values, posessions, family. Draw elements of this person's life into their profile. Mix it up. Eyes and a diamond. Lips and a fire.
  • What. Consider a theme -- environmentalism, nuclear weapons, automation. Draw elements of the theme into a collage. Mix it up. A tree, gun, frown, assembly line.
  • Where & When. Consider a city. Reflect on the city's position in time and place. Is it nestled in the mountains, in an age of swords and spears? Is it icy cold, with machines in charge? Draw ice crystals, a moon, flat landcape, and flying drones.

How and Why

  • Adjectives. Describe how she looks, sounds, smells, feels - pretty, quiet, blushed, soft. Explore your senses with adjectives..
  • Adverbs. Describe how he moves - fast, powerful, strategic. Explore your imagination with adverbs.
  • Interpretation. Imagine why they spoke. Explore your interpretation in answering the question, Why? Were they angry? Did they want to change your mind? What is the story behind the action?


  • I & Me. Where is the "me" that constantly wants more? Where is the "I" that watches, waiting? Draw your body, and identify the location of each. Is one more central than the other?
  • Emotion. Reflect on strong emotions. Recall with detail. Draw your body, and where this feeling resides.
  • Imagination. Reflect on strong imaginations. Dream with detail. Draw your body, and where these thoughts originate.

Many to One

  • Theme. Reflect on a phase of your life, e.g., your high school years. Spend some time remembering what it was like to walk in your shoes. Recall some high and low lights. Then ask yourself for one theme for that time period, e.g., learning to trust. Write down that theme.
  • Filter. Visit a busy location, e.g., the grocery store checkout. Identify how many inputs there are to choose from - sounds, looks, smells, employees, customers, assumptions, judgements. Note which inputs you tune into, and which you tend to ignore. Understand the filters you apply to the world. Write down what you perceive.
  • Whole. Clasp your hands together, and close your eyes. Feel the impression of one hand into the other. Concentrate on this closed loop system. All you need to pay attention to is within. Draw a large circle and decorate its interior.

One to Many

  • Perceptions. Reflect on one moment of your life when time slowed down as you spoke, e.g., the moment you said "yes" at your wedding. Spend some time remembering what it was like at that moment. Consider the thoughts, feelings, surroundings, and other people's stories. Write 5 to 10 memories from that moment.
  • Options. Reflect on a moment of your life when you were faced with options, and you could not move forward without first making a decision. For example, a young friend trips a stranger, and you must decide whether to laugh, pat your friend on the back, yell, or help the stranger. Draw a path branching off into different directions. Write your options along the path, and decorate each path differently.
  • Family. Consider a family line branching generation after generation. Are there recurring traits or professions? Has the family spread over time to new geographies? Draw a family tree, write names, and decorate each branch and limb.


  • Skeleton. Consider the human skeleton as a foundation from which other layers are built. Bones reach one to the next, with only a small space in between. Draw your shoulder and arm bones. If you are interested in realism, Google "anatomy shoulder arm bone".
  • Muscle. Consider human muscle as the action potential. Muscles are made to thicken and widen, alternately pulling and pushing bones toward and away. Draw a layer of muscles on top of your shoulder and arm bones. If you are interested in realism, Google "anatomy shoulder arm muscle".
  • Skin. Consider human skin as the outer barrier of a human. Skins stretch taut over muscle, flexible and resilient. Draw a layer of skin on top of your shoulder and arm muscles. If you are interested in realism, Google "anatomy shoulder arm skin".




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