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Re: Re:[teacherartexchange] still life drawing


Date: Thu Jul 21 2005 - 20:20:49 PDT

Thanks for another good idea! With my high schoolers in Drawing I class, I
have them do drawing (line, value, etc...) exercises (one of those projects
being a still-life of seashells, courtesy of Ken Schwab-thank you Ken!)
leading up to a finished and final project. One student wrote to me on her
final exam this last term stating that she appreciated the way in which I
explained and demonstrated and had them, in turn, practice these techniques
throughout the term..because it made their final work that much more
successful. On the Drawing I final, I have the students choose any object
(animate or inanimate) to draw. They draw that object in line, then again
in value; in pointillism and finally in color. I have them fold a piece of
drawing paper into quarters for each phase and usually begin the project a
week before so they have enough time to finish. Alot of these drawings turn
out so well! By the way, for those of you who haven't done so already, take
a look at Ken's book entitled, "Drawing Course 101". You can order through
Amazon. It's great!

----- Original Message -----
From: "Melissa Smith" <>
To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2005 7:17 PM
Subject: Re:[teacherartexchange] still life drawing

> For high school Art I still life, I start with a container for each of my
> six tables which contains similar simple objects, primarily white kitchen
> objects/gadgets found at dollar stores (spoons, ladles, measuring spoons,
> scissors, etc.) I select white objects to start with to avoid students
> confusing value with color. Students start by selecting at least 3
> to arrange in a simple still life (right there on their table) that
> overlapping of objects. They make 4 different small (4" x 5") line
> (which means they trade and exchange objects with others at their table)
> that deals primarily with the problem of composition (where it is placed
> the picture plane). They then choose the "best" composition of their four
> sketches to go further with. I ask them to confer with me on this and
> almost always we both select the same "best" composition...this makes them
> realize they have an "eye" to select a "good composition". This process
> allows the student to select and arrange their own composition, to observe
> others around them selecting and creating compositions, and allows them to
> make a decision/choice about their final composition. (I find choice is
> key....for me as well)
> Once the composition is selected, students make 3 images based on this one
> still life composition: a simple pencil line drawing, a pencil value
> drawing (this is the one and only time they re-use a composition by
> tracing....sorry if you're offended!), and then a monochromatic painting
> the same composition. These are all small, 8 x 11's, but when completed
> matted sequentially, the process is clear. I've actually had students
> "Hey, I get what we did!" With this one exercise, we touch on all of the
> Elements of Art for the first time in the course.
> (I am trying not to think about school and focusing on my own painting
> in my studio....but felt compelled to share.)
> Cheers. Melissa
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