52. DEVELOPING MY TEACHING CHOPS (BASIC DRAWING, PART 6)
BASIC VALUE/TEXTURE EXERCISES
After the class was comfortable with dealing with 2-value and 4-value exercises, I introduced assignments in which the students experimented with various ways to modulate and blend a more subtle range of values...
ABSTRACT MODULATED VALUE COMPOSITIONS
THE ILLUMINATED SPHERE
The students took the ball and ran with it. They created monumental environments of rocks and they, through the complex movement of line, followed the undulating contours of the braided rug...this was achieved through sheer creative ingenuity, not by mechanically copying the appearance of that rug. They put revealing lines where, visually, there were none and they left out lines that didn't contribute to their revelation. They showed that they understood what they were seeing, not merely copying it. That is the power of a strong drawing...it can reveal the invisible...
DRAWINGS OF MASTER ARTISTS
And I wanted to develop what I call visual literacy by exposing the students to drawings of great masters and having them learn by studying and copying them.
The students learned how artists have used line through the centuries for expression and discovery. Seeing the variety of materials, techniques, and approaches to drawing throughout history opened up unconceived possibilities in charcoal, graphite pencil, crayon, pen or brush with ink, chalk, different colored and textured papers, etc....
There were many interesting results...
SOME INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS: LINE QUALITY AND MEDIA EXERCISES
My goal for basic drawing classes was the students leave the class:
- being comfortable drawing with a variety of media...in both line and value,
- seeing and recording life with greater facility and attention...understanding that the visual world is made up of shapes, values, and relationships, and not 'things',
- with greater confidence in their own ability,
- being much better problem solvers,
- appreciating doing things that they might not have otherwise done...with increased self-discipline and, hopefully, enthusiasm,
- knowing that success is more likely to be the result of the ability to withstand pain (psychological) than any innate talent one might have, and, finally,
- seeing that doing something well is beautiful in its own right and is its own reward.
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