Monday, March 23, 2015
Studio Art: White Charcoal Sketch
On the bulletin board in front of my computer, I have some art works hanging that I did when I was in high school. I've been noticing that my supply of mat board scraps has been on the rise since we've been mating more artwork this year, and I hate to waste them. They're usually too small to use to frame an artwork but I hate throwing them out. So, I decided to give students a bit of a challenging assignment for a sketchbook assignment...reverse value drawings, or highlight drawings, as some call them!
I have two drawings on display that I did in high school and the students have always complimented them, so I decided to give them the assignment for homework. I gave each student a piece of scrap black mat board and a charcoal pencil. I told them that they could use a black and white photograph to help them do the drawing, but the photo could not be a logo. Since this concept is sometimes hard for people to grasp, I eased up on my normal "no copying" rule.
These two students created these images without copying! I was so excited to get these two! The first one that says "Camden", was done all on her own, and the second artist drew his own guitar. Such a great perception of depth with his!
This student didn't exactly follow the "no logo" rule...but she did have amazing gradation.
I'm actually thinking that next year, I may incorporate this project as one of the drawing unit projects instead of a sketchbook assignment. Most of the students really enjoyed the challenge of having to think backwards!