Perhaps you could allow them to interweave two different colors with the cross
hatching to build up a rich complementary surface. To me the interplay of two
or three colors in the cross hatching is visually exciting and motivating.
Also for those students who do not seem to have the diligence and patient work
ethic required you might suggest that they try a variety of different drawing
techniques such as hatching, pointilism, blending, toning. I often like to
tone an area with powder color pencil. This requires taking a piece of sand
paper and sanding the color pencil over an area and then drawing back into it
with unsandpapered color pencil. Also, suggest they experiment on pieces of
paper to invent their own processes of blending using a multiple combination
approach. I also like to do rubbings in areas where I want texture and value.
Alas, this is a challenging subject. I applaud your diligent efforts.
Dr. Diane C. Gregory
Director, Undergraduate & Graduate
Studies in Art Education
Texas Woman's University
Denton, TX 76204
> 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.
> 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
> 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
> 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
> allow some slight smudging with a q-tip or paper towel or not allow it at
> 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?
> Thanks a lot!
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