Saturday, April 25, 2015

Drawing with Basic Forms.. Starter..

 
Kuwait, 2012.



This is a great skills assessment for secondary students when drawing at the beginning of the year, because it involves a lot: group participation, working with nets - math connection, composition, perspective, working in the round, 3D and 2D, color, texture, patterning, shading, realism, and abstraction

I've taught three groups of students in three different places, Canada, Kuwait, and Slovakia  and it always challenges students. Students are active and engaged with this lesson.


Bratislava, Slovakia, 2014.

Bratislava, Slovakia, 2014.


 
First, have students work in groups of 5, introduce nets as a review, and have each student build at least one of the forms. Students can change the scale and draw or trace from the hand outs (like those above).

2nd, draw from the individual forms, point out negative space and ways to correct measurement, perspective will enter into the discussion, etc. Add light/dark studies at this point as well, with grey paper and white & black charcoal.

3rd, create a sculpture with the forms in each group. Draw it 3 times, with 3 colors, change the scale 3 times, and change the point-of-view 3 times (students switch seats). The drawings cover each other (this needs to be repeated!). The drawings are done on top of each other! The drawings will be a mass of lines when completed. NOW, have students fill in the new areas, using the same 3 colors, solid, patterned, textured, gradations/shading.

This project will reveal challenges for students quickly, along the way, and can be helpful to Still Life lessons.

Kuwait, 2012.



Ontario, Canada, 2007.

Ontario, Canada, 2007.