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Re: [teacherartexchange] Shaded Still-lifes


Date: Thu Oct 26 2006 - 18:27:21 PDT

> Hello All....Does anyone have any tips on how I should explain how to use
> charcoal for shading and adding value to a still life?

My Art 2 students just completed still life arrangments in charcoal and I
had all of them use blending to add values. (Later drawing assignments
will involve using other shading techniques--charcoal just seems ideal for

They started by doing a still life arragement from photos I'd taken. I
altered one of the photographs in Photoshop (using posterize, I think) to
really show the values--just to help them *see* the values. Here are
their first drawings:

After this drawing, they arranged their own objects--drawing from
"life"--and many students chose to use clamp lamps in a darkened part of
the room to make the shadows more intense. ("Contrast" is one of the
themes with the Art 2 kids this year.)

I was really pleased with how well the kids "got" this, after having ample
time to experiment and practice. I've slowed down a bit this year with
all of the groups, giving them more time for many projects, and it seems
to be paying off in terms of the quality of their work.

Hope this helps!


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