I've been drawing frames for Maia and her friends to draw and paint in lately. Just to see how they would use them, really. To see if they seemed inspirational, or fun, or a good creative prompt the way the hole drawings and challenge drawings were.
They drew in chalk frames.
In boxes drawn on paper.
In ovals and circles drawn on paper (and then cut them out).
And painted in box frames (made with black masking tape on easel paper) and also large oval/circle frames (not pictured).
It was an interesting experiment and working within the multiple frames definitely appealed to the kids. Each time I just set out the paper with the frames and they gravitated toward them immediately as they do with anything new. It didn't seem to inspire the kind of creativity that the hole drawings did, but it got them painting and drawing with enthusiasm. And it brought up the idea of a series for the first time with Maia. I'll probably keep doing this once in a while.
Do you have any other ideas for encouraging more creative drawing and painting? I'd love to hear them!