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LESSON PLANS 2023 SPRING TERM Lesson 3 - another go at the mixed media madness.

My students had some great experiences re-negotiating their drawings in the last sessions. They began by disrupting them with some collage and then pulling them back into focus with a collection of various media. In this lesson I'm asking them to have one more go and really push out the boat with their experimentations. Above is a random selection of some of the work done last week. It was all excellent!

Spring Term 2023 lesson 3 Still Life: Looking from all angles. One more week of this mad mixed media thing.

· In the last session you were made to disrupt your drawings before getting to work on them with your various media. The idea was to see how you could bring a disrupted drawing back into focus - to make it what you’d wanted it to be originally and to learn that it was possible to re-negotiate quite extreme changes. It required finding whichever medium it was that was able to impose new marks over the top of that which you wished to change.

· With these new experiences you can now take any sketch/drawing and re-work it using some of the techniques you used last week and perhaps trying some different ones as well.

· Choose the drawing you wish to work on OR set a still life up in front of you and make a sketch/drawing which you can disrupt and negotiate.

· As we did last week, stick some pieces of white paper, origami paper (any paper!) to your drawing so that you lose some of the information.

· Now work out ways of re-finding the elements of your drawing which have disappeared under the stuck-on paper.

· Reveal shapes, paint over shapes, take risks knowing that you can make changes and corrections.

Next lesson: Time to get back to some classic watercolour and some lovely colourful flowers. Bring a small bunch of flowers and foliage, bring a nice clean jam jar to put them in and bring watercolours, watercolour paper and watercolour brushes. We’ll dive straight into classic watercolour.


About this site...
I am an art teacher living and working in Dorset.  I have taught for the Adult Education Service and the University of Bath, plus some supply teaching in my local schools but now I run all my classes and courses privately. This site is intended as an addition to my teaching, primarily for any student who in the week misses a class and wants to catch up.
The lessons are also available for any one anywhere who would like some ideas on what to teach, what to learn or is just interested in seeing what we do.
I'm afraid I won't be able to answer emails asking for comments on anyone's work (other than for currently enrolled students).
I teach three weekly art classes in halls in and around Blandford in Dorset and every six weeks or so I run a Sunday workshop in a village hall on the outskirts of Blandford. I also run a vibrant five-day summer school.. Other than that I spend every available moment in my studio or drawing and painting elsewhere.
I studied for four years at The Slade School of Fine Art where I was awarded The Slade Prize on graduation. I went on to travel and study further finally doing a P.G.C.E at Exeter University with Ted Wragg as my mentor. It was a wonderful year of education which set me in good stead for my years of teaching since then.



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