"Hole"-Brain Drawing uses shapes to make connection to students' experiences and knowledge. This strategy is like looking at clouds to try and see something in their organic forms. It begins with students gently folding over a piece of lightweight paper and making a cut on the fold to produce a uniquely shaped, symmetrical hole. (Save positive shapes cut from the holes for a separate activity.)
Students turn the paper multiple ways to get different perspectives of the hole; they then list at least three ideas of what they think the hole could be. Once ideas are listed, the students choose the one they see with the most details in their mind's eye, and produce a detailed drawing with the hole being an integral part.
"I'm Positive It Is a..." Strategy is a companion activity to the "Hole"-Brain Drawing above. Students select a random positive shape (saved from the above activity), glue it on their new papers, and then they must use it as a component in a detailed drawing. The students may outline the shape and embellish it with details, also.