It was a very big still life....all the way across an 8 foot countertop,
with lots of levels and overlapping. We used viewfinders on the still
life to isolate an area and enlarge it proportionally to the paper.
They drew in chalk on black paper, then colored with oil pastel. I had
ceramic animals, stuffed animals, flowers, vases, teapots, a gargoyle, a
monkey, pigs wearing clothes (ceramic), a unicorn, a birdcage, shells,
all sorts of stuff. The kids sat on stools or on the floor with drawing
boards. I emphasized that they consider creating texture and coloring
in a specific direction on the backgrounds...wavy, radiating, up and
down, across, in an arc, etc. Backgrounds were colored first. Some
kids went from dark to light on their backgrounds. I wanted them to
invent some pattern somewhere in their drawing,too. We also made some
attempts at shading and highlighting. Blendng was essential,
highlighting and shading were gravy, lol.
I use slide jackets as viewfinders. They are very close to the height
and width ratio of our drawing paper.