By Griffin Burgess & Mickey Vo
Welcome to Week 4 of the Teen Summer Passport Program where we invite you to express yourself through art!
Are you good at art? Great! Are you not-so-good at art? Great! Have you never tried because you don’t think you can “do” art? Great! This is the week for you.
Many people experience Imposter’s Syndrome when it comes to making art or calling themselves an artist, but this is all wrapped up in the idea that whatever you make has to be “good,” or maybe what you made is not as “good” as something somebody else made. But here’s a secret: Everybody feels this way, even your favorite artist.
Making art is about trying, having fun, and letting go of your comparison to others, some come join us and give one of these projects a go!
If you want to start somewhere super simple and make something that only requires your imagination and a few things around your home, check out NPR’s “5 Art Projects to Try during Social Distancing.”
If you want to try something new, check out our very own David demonstrating how to make really amazing art prints out of a potato!
For more specific projects, here are some great beginner resources to help you get started.
Make a collage!
- Cool article with tips and links for people who’ve never made a collage before and might think that they’re not artistic enough to try.
- Less casual site with references to methods of established artists, including one who started with whatever cheap stuff he had lying around .
- Great, accessible video with info on materials and specific tips about how to compose a collage, including very simple ideas for beginners.
Awesome page with a short history of zines, focused on their anti-capitalist and social justice leanings and opportunities, along with practical suggestions on how to make one and get it out into the world.
Comic by NPR explaining how to make a zine with 30 minutes and a piece of paper. Has specific prompts for making a zine about life during coronavirus. Quick, fun, easy to read, directed toward younger teens/tweens.
Make some poetry!
- Create a poem out of an old newspaper, magazine, or book.
- A deceptively simple list of steps for beginners – I say deceptively because the points include links to much more in depth explanations of rhythm and form, plus a list of poetry prompts.
- A list of poems for teens compiled by the Poetry Foundation.
- Six poets answer the question, “How do you begin a poem?”
- Because obviously!