Hi guys, me again...
We just started back after an unplanned week and a half vacation thanks to
Hurricane Wilma. My middle school students tried to pick up where they left
off...working on a value still life. They are trying to finish these up. Some
of my students are really getting it, and some are really struggling. I find
that if I give them individual help, a light often goes off. I'm trying to get
them to make objects look 3-D by noticing the value changes, the highlights
and the shadows. They are trying to use crosshatching. I feel as though there
is a better way of really getting the idea across. It's hard to do a demo on
the board or on an overhead. I'm trying to create a handout to explain that
they need to work slowly and carefully, overlap their strokes, build layers,
that sort of thing. Some of them want to smudge, and I'm not sure if I should
allow some slight smudging with a q-tip or paper towel or not allow it at all.
I plan to move into color next, and I want them to use colored pencils to
build colors and values. I'm also making a handout for this.
Do you guys have any suggestions or good sources from which I could draw to
create a really good handout: one on creating value with drawing pencils and
one on colored pencils?