I have been teaching art 1 for 30 years and I have a sequence of projects
and charts, etc., that I use to prepare them for the advanced levels. My
friend and I are trying to write a book about this course and we have it out
to a few publishers. We have only completed one chapter but we intend to do
the rest whether we are published or not.
This is an outline of what we do:
1. Simple still life drawing- contour and shading /drawing techniques
2. Elements and Principles of design-colored pencil and use finders to show
E and P and use color overlays to blend the colored pencils.
3. Color chart 1-chromatic scale and groups.
4. Crayon resist-to use stylization and warm vs. cool colors.
5. Color chart 2- Values, black, white, grays....monochrmatic schemes.
6. Value abstraction-using a combination of sketches overlapped into an
abstraction. Painting hard edges and value scales creating movement.
7. Color Chart 3 - Intensity, complimentary pairs, dull colors, intensity
8. Pointillism project-using all color theory and under painting of
an over painting of dots.
9. Still life drawing-of a few objects using various drawing techniques and
the use of
textures such as wood, glass, material, rope, etc.,
10. Pen and ink drawing-cross hatching and patterns, as well as dots (already
11. Perspective-1 and 2 point boxes, checkerboards, etc., city of future
12. Last project-use one object and create the 5 modes of design in one
including realism, stylization, abstract, and nonobjective.