Painting game: free artistic expression

Art. The association “Les Inouïs Curieux” has launched a new activity: a drawing game. Based on an artistic act rather than a finished product, this practice aims for original and spontaneous expression. Since the beginning of November, a group has tried this experiment.

Since November, five people have been discovering the Drawing Game, organized in the workshop of Inouïs Curieux in the center of the city. Not defining any particular subject or artistic practice to be respected, the Game aims to leave room for the free and unfettered expression of academic learning.

“This is not a training workshop for artistic practice. We are not going to learn to draw,” says Véronique Guyotot-Lanz, practitioner of the game of painting and president of the Les Inouïs Curieux association.

“We are not connected to the production, but to the artistic act”

With 6-year-old participants and two adults, the Drawing Game is designed for both intergenerational and friendship. Although each participant takes care of his own brush, there is group emulation. “Each one expresses himself in his own space, but within the collective workshop. It’s still a game, so it’s fun and there’s human interaction. The atmosphere is friendly,” says Véronique Guyotot-Lanz.

“When you don’t have support or a mockup, you’re faced with a blank slate. It is the closest to our inner expression that comes to us. So we start with something clean and original,” emphasizes the practitioner.

He notes: “We are not looking for image, competition or judgement. It’s the exact opposite. There are no comments or expectations regarding the work done. It can be confusing, but that’s what’s interesting. The next person is not better or worse, they express themselves. We are not connected to the production, but to the artistic act.”

What is done in the workshop stays in the workshop

Therefore, no painting leaves the workshop and will never be the subject of an exhibition. Although archived within the association’s walls, they remain available for consultation. Véronique Guyotot-Lanz adds: “It’s not about hiding, it’s about making sure the work doesn’t go to the outside world.” Taking off his hat, the artist admits: “You are happy when you work in the studio. But when you show what you’re doing and you’re not recognized, you’re instantly worse off. »

The Drawing Game is not art therapy, but a beneficial practice, like yoga.

The action must take place in the “Closlieu” space imagined by its creator, Arno Stern (see box). This Closlieu aims to be an ideal place to promote the freedom of the seminar. For this, it must be windowless and protected from the outside world. In the center, the “palette table” presents the colors without any preparation. Canvases are hung on the wall and participants draw while standing.

Following these main lines, Veronique Guyotot-Lanz conceived her workshop. Eighteen paints, ready to be applied, sit on a “palette table” with brushes in the center of Inouïs Curieux’s workshop. Please note that Game participants cannot mix colors. “It’s up to the practitioner to deal with it,” says Véronique Guyotot-Lanz.

Julia Guinamard

j.guinamard@jhm.fr

A game designed by Arno Stern

At the end of World War II, Arno Stern created a drawing game for orphaned children. “From there, a thought was born about how the expression was born. Arno Stern, who traveled a lot, realized that children, regardless of their history and origin, made similar signs and often used the same colors.

In 2019, Véronique Guyotot-Lanz was trained as a practitioner of the Drawing Game by Arno Stern. “We’re in total immersion with him, we’re taking part in the drawing game sessions,” he explains. So what he is proposing is a repeat of what he did.

Researcher and educator Arno Stern is particularly known today for pioneering a new attitude toward children called “childhood ecology.”

“By practicing the drawing game, we strip away one layer at a time. We go deeper and deeper into ourselves,” says Véronique Guyotot-Lanz.
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