Posted by: dbjaquith | February 16, 2015

Drawing Boot Camp

1DrawingBootCamp6_editedFifth graders are challenging their drawing abilities with a series of exercises aimed at skill development. Drawing Boot Camp is one among five WOW (Wonderful Original Work) choices that students could make for a 5-class intensive study. These students draw frequently and have shown interest in expanding their skills to bring more realism to their drawings.

Contour drawing of armatures

Contour drawing of armatures

In the first class we discussed line quality and students practiced contour line drawing. This involves a single line to describe an object–the artist looks only at the object, not the

A variety of animal objects are available for contour drawing.

A variety of animal objects are available for contour drawing.

paper—and results in a gestural representation of the object’s form. This is difficult to do without looking and requires tremendous self-discipline. Students observed both the object and shapes defined by negative space around the object in order to describe the object in contour line.

Side-lit objects display their geometric forms through highlights and shadows.

Side-lit objects display their geometric forms through highlights and shadows.

The following class highlighted shading. An arrangement of geometric forms, including spheres, cones, cylinders, cubes and rectangular prisms was lit from the side for contrast in tone. Students selected a small section to draw, focusing on nuances to distinguish lighter and darker areas. They also observed the shapes and directions of shadows to portray them accurately. Gummy erasers and blending stumps were added to the arsenal of drawing tools for shading.

What’s next? One-point perspective!

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