I find that Naïve Art is big on charm. The “Primitive” part of the art is appealing, with its simple lines; strong colors; flat subjects and two dimensions. Don’t be fooled, though, into thinking that this child-like magic is in any way simplistic. Abrakadoodle incorporates this wonderful art style into our instructional programs for children.
Our students love exploring Naïve art by Sophie Harding, a multi-talented artist from Southern England. She paints, illustrates children’s books, as well as designs textiles. Her Primitive Art is absolutely endearing, featuring such child favorites as jungle and farm animals, fairies, bugs, dinosaurs and much more! By using simple shapes, vivid colors and imagination, Abrakadoodle artists can create their own treasured art in her style!
Abrakadoodle students also delight in the art of Henri Rousseau, the self-taught French painter who created whimsical jungle scenes, even though he never actually traveled to a jungle! Rousseau did observe plant and animal life, however, and he was able to draw upon his vivid imagination to produce colorful creations that inspire a sense of wonder.Encourage your child to make art in the Primitive style. How about a creative critter? For younger children, you can start with a stencil of shapes. Choose a favorite animal, and then talk about the shapes that your child can use to create it. Start with the head and then draw the body and appendages. Use a pencil, so that your young artist can edit his/her work, as all artists do. Once the animal is made, ask your child how it can be embellished. Does it need whiskers or stripes or a tail? Next, add to its surroundings. Would flowers or trees or hills or plants add to the scene? Finally, add color! Have your child discuss his/her artwork. Cultivate creativity and nurture your child’s adventures in self-expression!