Beyond the Exquisite Corpse

Dear Liza,

I wanted to tell you again about a game called “Exquisite Corpse”, which is not as gruesome as it sounds. Cousin Kestrel first showed it to me about three years ago.

It is a drawing game. You fold a piece of paper into three sections, one above the other. The first player draws the head of a creature, with the neck lines going just slightly below the fold. This gives the second player a place to start. Without looking at what the first player drew, the second adds to the creature. This continues with the third player, who adds the legs, or bottom part.

Auntie Bridgett, Cousin Kestrel and I played it last Friday when she was visiting.

This game is based on a word game invented in the early 1900s by Andre Breton, a surrealist artist in France. In the word game, you add to a story without knowing what it is about. Here, you do it with pictures.

As always, it was fun to draw and fun to see what we created together. I love this dancing-angel-god-thing.

Kes and I did a critter with just two parts, as well, and then there was this Soot Sprite (from “My Friend Totoro”) she drew. These critters were too adorable to throw away, so I made a piece of art with them.

I found a page in my art journal that was just sweeps of blue acrylic, trimmed the Exquisite Corpse drawings, and put them in a scene together.

Here is the story, as far as I have it : A tentacled merboy has discovered a lost baby bird at sea, and takes it to his friend, a confused Soot Sprite who lives on a teeny tiny island. The Soot Sprite isn’t sure what to do with it, but a ballerina-angel-sun god flies overhead and everything turns out okay.

I love that I took a picture game based on a story game, made pictures with it, and then made up a story about them. It’s like a spiral of word/art/word/art that just makes me happy!


Grandma Judy

Art For Kids Hub

Dear Liza,

This blog isn’t really written for you, because you are the one who taught me about Art For Kids Hub, but there are other people who read this who might be interested.

I’m going to tell about the videos Liza and I use to help us draw at our ZOOM get together every Sunday.

This youtube channel, called Artforkidshub, has 5.02 million subscribers! It is run by Rob Jensen, his wife Teryn, and their four kids, Jack, Hadley, Austin, and Olivia. Rob and one other member of the family appear in each video, so we get to see both a practiced and “first time” version of the drawing. It is nice to see a drawing that is Not perfect!

Rob and Teryn go by the nicknames Mr. Hub and Mrs. Hub, and they release one video every weekday. The videos are very light hearted, fun, and easy to follow along.

Liza and I watch the videos and have used them to draw all sorts of things.

One of the first animals was a giraffe. I always draw with pencil first so I can make the shape right before I watercolor, then ink it. The directions are just for the animal, so you can add whatever background you like.

The note at the bottom was the song Liza was listening to ….

A few weeks ago, Liza wanted to draw ”magical looking things” so we found this dragon. The lesson was for a silhouette, but I wanted to put in details.

I really would encourage everyone (even grownups) who thinks they can’t draw to go visit Art for Kids Hub.

Have fun!


Grandma Judy