Accidental Creativity Is Important, Says Cindy Lane at SCRF 2019

Accidental Creativity Is Important, Says Cindy Lane at SCRF 2019

Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival brings unconventional ways of imparting visual literacy

Sharjah, 18 April 2019:Water colours are among the least forgiving mediums for artists to work with. They are transparent, runny and overall precarious, and mistakes like an errant brushstroke are often difficult to cover up. These are the mistakes that Australia’s Cindy Lane is asking young artists to celebrate at the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival this year.

Urging them to think out-of-the-box, Lane from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCWBI), is hosting unique illustration workshops at SCRF 2019, first initiating participants to take basic steps of drawing, colouring, cutting and pasting, and thereafter, almost forcing them to forget the rules of painting to think unconventionally.


Pushing for visual literacy while departing from the non-traditional ways the idea is to raise awareness towards natural pigments, “I want to teach them the basics of fluid dynamics. Artists often through experimentation learn the properties and mechanisms of different materials like wood or water and its impact on gravity. We focus on ‘accidental painting’ in which layers of paint are poured on top of one another on a flat surface. If they are of different densities, they will mix and spread in unique and beautiful ways. These happy accidents will lead to the creation of non-perfect art, breaking conventions”.


Staying with this thought Cindy, colured the center of her flower blue while popular demand wanted it to be yellow. A departure from set patterns, challenging norms and jogging creativity these children take guided steps towards an amalgamation of the arts and sciences which seem like the branches of the same tree. This workshop was thus geared towards exploring the fluid properties of paint and media combined with a celebration of the beautiful, fragile and subtle forms that emerge from swirling patterns.


SCRF is one of the most important cultural events dedicated to children in the UAE and greater Arab region. Organised by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), it runs until April 27 at the Sharjah Expo Centre, and will host over 2,500 events and activities that aim to promote reading and cultural appreciation, particularly among children and young adults.



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