allow for freedom of expression in a large format. Using our shoulder muscles rather than our hand/wrists; while standing up; using large brushes and wide markers and pens; and holding the brush loosely at the very tip of the handle produce marks that are bolder and freer. We feel a bit out-of-control at first, but practicing simple line-work such as a natural curve can up the confidence level. OUT OF CONTROL CONTROL. Small motor mark-making includes: sitting down; finely sharpened tools; small brushes; choking up on the brush at the ferrule....all of these add up to CONTROL. In our expressive drawing workshop, we gradually inched our way up to the gross motor mark-making. Wonderful!
Painters who drop their brushes during my painting class are rewarded with cheering. This means that the brush is being held lightly and not being over-controlled.