This exercise lets us connect with the four elements - Earth, Water, Fire, and Air. It deepens our mark-making range and vocabulary about our work.
• Sketchbook • Pencil • Oil pastels • 4 sheets of Bristol paper
• With oil pastels at the ready, meditate on your first element. • Sense how it moves, perhaps recreating the movement with your own body. • You may choose to listen to the corresponding sounds below as you draw. • Allow the feeling of the element to guide your hand; let the essence of the element come to life.
• Divide a page in your sketchbook into fours. • Label each box with a quick symbol for each element. • Write in each box in your sketchbook what feelings each element inspired for you. • Notice your favorite piece, and jot a note down about why, for future use.