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Drawing monsters for elementary upper grades


Date: Fri Sep 14 2001 - 16:06:05 PDT

    We just got really sloppy painting for two weeks and I wanted to give my
maintenance lady a break. So we are using pencil. I handed out a sheet on
pencil techniques from an old Art and Illustration book. We studied the
pencil shading covering gray tones, grass lines, stubble lines, lots of fine
straight lines and gradual shading. Then they watch Maurice Sendac's "Where
the Wild things Are". It has lots of line drawing cartoons in the movie
colored with neutral colors. Only 8 minutes. Then I showed them how to draw
the cartoon on the cover of the video. I introduced not only showing textures
with pencils (beard, fur, scales,) but also foreshortening of the legs. The
Monster is hanging from a tree with one leg kicking forward, and another
going back. They were to show any monster they wanted showing three tones of
gray and two types of textures.
    They so enjoyed this lesson, that I'm going to reinforce this with
drawing on a foreshortened muscle man (Zotran)?? shaded with a light source
coming from the top or sides (Introducing light sources and shadows) and put
in a room with 1 point perspective. The floor is tiled.
    This year I have the same class coming to me two days in a row. So I feel
like I am a linking website. There so much energy and so much to do, and
they only come to me every two weeks. Every class is anxious (breathless) to
get something done in art.