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.
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.
I then played around with various filters and overlays in Pixlr Express+
Here’s my final image.
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.