Art by Miro

Joan Miro

A good way to make your own prompt – either for yourself or to use with others – is to look at the work of another artist and pick out any recurring shapes or themes.

I saw something a little like this when I was in a gallery in New Hampshire, I adapted it and have used it when teaching art to children on multiple occasions. Its pretty easy to adapt to almost any ability range or media.

I tend to draw on my iPad the most – I can use it in bed and I don’t need to hold anything or set anything up or do any clean up. I used the Artrage app to draw and colour and then Pixlr Express+ to add effects and filters.

I decided to use Miro’s art as inspiration and chose six recurring shapes to work with.




Shapes to draw with

Six basic shapes to create with.

OK…it looks like more than six, that’s because one set is to illustrate a curved shape being intersected by a line, the other to show the various degrees of curve ‘allowed’ in a line. Obviously with children the shapes would all need to be easy to copy. The rule is – you can only use these shapes in your picture. Nothing else.

I used a roller for the background then a thin black pen line to draw the shapes. Lastly I used the fill tool to add bold flat colour.


Miro inspired drawing


I then played around with various filters and overlays in Pixlr Express+

Pixlr express workflow


Here’s my final image.


Mobile digital art by Sandra Lock

After dark


Any media would work – paint, collage, monoprint, pastel… In fact it would be fun to see how many variations you can create using the same symbols but with different media and/or a variety of scales. The important word in the previous sentence is – fun. Try to have fun with the process rather than aiming for an end result, and remember – in art there are no mistakes.

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