The theme this week was to free yourself to be childlike in your approach to drawing. Children love to draw what is in their head and don't get hung up on whether their work is accurate or composed properly. They just enjoy the process of making art and love the finished product. They don't consider anything they put on the paper a mistake.
Our first homework was to allow a small child to draw something in our sketchbook. I found a 6 year old girl in the after school care at my school and asked her to draw a forest in my sketchbook. Keeping the childlike tone I had to draw on top of her drawing to make it my own. The little girl drew trees that seemed to be floating between the ground and the sky. She had added herself in the middle in a rainbow dress, of course. I turned the trees into rockets and put a parachute on the little girl.
The next part of the assignment was to draw an object or scene from life in detail. I drew my grandson's toys.
Then we had to close the sketchbook and were instructed not to refer to our drawing for the second part of the assignment. From memory we were to incorporate those drawings into another drawing from our imagination, approaching it as though we were a child, no worrying, not acknowledging mistakes. We also had to use our non-dominant hand for part of it and paint with something that wasn't paint.
My inner child wanted to use that road construction equipment to scoop ice cream. I painted the chocolate ice-cream with coffee and wrote the words with my left hand. I rarely draw from my imagination, but it was so much fun that I can't wait to do some more of this type of work. I may go back and work on the background some more. My inner child said I was finished, but my adult self wants some more refinement.