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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



Review Awareness

Review Awareness with Context. What opportunities exist if you open your eyes and ask questions? Listen, smell, peer into shadows, study texts. Ask why.


  • Combine different ways of interacting with the world: sensing, analyzing, ordering, engaging
  • Spend time with your thoughts
  • Let go of the drive for purpose
  • Open up to chance and circumstance

Lesson Plan: Consider Environment and Potential

Stretch your senses, knowledge and imagination...


  • Twin. Draw two swords, with long blades, each with a sharp point. Imagine the anticipation, fear, adrenaline, of the swordsmen. Imagine the friction of the blades meeting each other. Imagine the point meeting its target.
  • Neighbor. Draw pairs of trees, with branching influenced by proximity. One pair is close together, with few branches facing each other. Another pair is farther apart. Each tree's branches grow equally wide; It is only at the tips of this full extension that they brush against each other.
  • Connector. Identify connectors in everyday life. Hinges, handles, buttons. Consider their job - an extension of one object, reaching out to another. Draw a cup, and consider its handle - steady, sturdy, just the right size for your hand. Embellish with words and designs.

Frame of Reference

  • Customs. Consider the customs that exist in relation to your subject matter. Draw a birthday cake with candles, then consider the ritual. Does everyone lean in and blow the candles? Is there laughing? Do you make a silent wish? Add these elements to your image.
  • Abilities. Consider the abilities that exist in relation to your subject matter. Draw your father, then consider his skills and attitude. Does he play softball and cook spaghetti? Does he always say, "On my way,..."? Add these elements to your image.
  • Norms. Consider the norms that exist in relation to your subject matter. Draw a gun, then consider how different social groups relate to it. Some ignore guns; Some hide them; Others use them daily. Draw a box in shadow. Draw a repeated "X" on top of the gun. Now draw a gun in use, hitting a target. Include an explosion, the curvature of the bullet, a smile of connection.

The Observer

  • Impact. Consider the dimmed profile you see of objects framed by your shadow. How does your involvement change outcomes? Hold your breath and draw.
  • Observe. Close your eyes and listen to multiple conversations at the same time. Imagine who is listening to whom, and where each person resides. Can you begin to sense the sound waves between speaker and audience? Draw the room, the position and direction of people, and lines indicating the exchange of attention.
  • Deduce. Consider the difference between listening to a musical performance from within a venue, versus from outside of it. From within, you see the band members, hear in detail, and feel the beat. From outside you can hear music, but it is muffled and low. You can neither see nor feel the band. Draw the shape of the music inside and out.

Step by Step

  • Notice. Slow down, and let your mind wander. Notice your thoughts as they pass by. I'm cold; I wonder what's on t.v.; Should I have said that to her? How did he interpret my words? What is going on with them? What's for dinner? Draw a ferris wheel. In each car, write a different thought. Note the variety of thoughts.
  • Observe. Walk down the road, and consider your actions. Your legs kick out and pull back. Your arms swing. Your eyes rove from side to side, looking for activity. Make a list of your activity. Consider the energy spent on each.
  • Study. Imagine burning your finger on a hot stove, and the subsequent actions. You yell, pull your finger away, blow on your finger, turn off the stove, explain your actions. Write down the trigger and subsequent reactions. Consider the speed, strength, and types of reactions.


  • Customs. Consider alternate customs. Could you travel on holidays, wear orange at Christmas, hand out roses at a funeral? Draw Santa Claus on a cruise ship, diving into a pool with a splash.
  • Abilities. Consider alternate abilities. What if your grocer can play the Violin? Imagine a jam session in front of the store. Eveyone crowds around to see him close his eyes and strum. Draw musical notes closed tightly inside a cash register.
  • Norms. Consider alternate norms. In some countries, it is common to bow, while in others, shaking hands is a common greeting. Saying "Fire" causes different reactions depending on the circumstance. Write "him" in a circle. Draw lines radiating out, with words describing different "him's" you noticed today.


  • Origin. Ask yourself which direction to draw next. Draw up, down, left or right per the reply. Ask yourself what to say. Write down the words that arise. Close your eyes and ask yourself, What question is next? Sense your nostrils, shoulders, seat. Where does the question and answer reside?
  • Alignment. Notice your breathing in and out. Draw a repeating circle, up and down. Close your eyes and listen to the computer hum, the birds, or a plane overhead. Draw a repeating circle, up and down. Consider the cyclical renewal of your attention to the task at hand.
  • Rhythm. Draw a ping pong match in action. The ball bounces on the table, slows, and then is hit with new force again. Consider the sequence of players, court, and ball. Watch, wait, prepare, act, flow, ebb, repeat.




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