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In our drawing unit I do some exercises before we begin the "biggie" drawing.
The first one is learning how to "see" using something akin to the drawing
ideas on pages 82-83 in Mona Brookes' DRAWING FOR OLDER CHILDREN AND TEENS.
Excellent idea and works wonders for the kids. We use no rulers..just the
edge of the paper for straight lines.
Another, of course, is the typical value chart. At the top of the chart
they write the word V-A-L-U-E in fillable letters and put that in values
also from dark to light.
Next we make a mountain drawing on approx. 4 1/2 x 7" white paper. Four
wavy lines are drawn across the paper which gives you five spaces. The top
space is white, the bottom the darkest value possible. Now the goal is to
put acending values next to each other WITHOUT showing any lines inbetween.
Not as easy as it looks. I have a couple of examples hanging up in the
classroom for them to check their's by. The next thing we make is an
origami picture frame to put the mountain scene in. Now they have the value
chart and mountains in front of them when we start the big drawing project.
As quick as this last exercise is, I never have to remind them not to have
lines in their finished drawing. It really is a good learning tool to teach
value next to value WITHOUT lines. Cya.....
Bunki Kramer - Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Rd., Danville, California 94526