Lesson Plan - Get It!
Do you ever find yourself scratching away at a piece of paper with your pen or pencil? What lines and shapes do you make?
You may have done it while you were sitting on the phone or perhaps in a moment of distraction from your studies.
You begin to scribble on your paper absentmindedly, making lines, patterns, and shapes. Doodling is a common behavior, and if you do it frequently, it may be a sign of your inner artist who is trying to get out!
Take a look at someone creating a simple doodle known as a zentangle. As you watch A simple zentangle design, from Zendoodle Art (below), write down answers to the following questions:
- How much planning does it seem this artist did before beginning to doodle?
- What kinds of shapes and lines did the artist use to create this design?
- How much art training do you think you would need to make a design like that one?
Now reflect on the following questions and discuss:
- What kinds of things do you draw when you are doodling or just messing around with a pen, pencil, or crayon?
- What shapes and lines are you good at drawing? Which do you find challenging to make?
Doodling is actually a great skill-building activity, and helps you learn to make straight lines, curved lines, shapes, and other basic drawing elements.
In the Got It? section, take a closer look at some examples of doodling and see the lines and shapes people make when they are not thinking too hard about it!