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LESSON PLANS SPRING TERM 2024 (1st half) Lesson 4. Drawing with pencils, line and edge.

In this lesson we're getting back to some good pencil drawing skills, beginning with line, tone and edge. I'm asking my students to bring a selection of soft pencils, sketch books and erasers. Each student will be given a piece of A4 paper and asked to fold it in a certain way - they'll be drawing a piece of paper and I'm looking for tenacity with the edge-finding!

Spring Term 1st half 2024 – Lesson 4. Drawing with soft pencil. Drawing a piece of paper.

·         You’ll have an A4 sheet of paper in front of you. Place it landscape format in front of you. Fold the top corners inwards to the centre (as if forming the sails of a boat).

·         Fold the lower excess of the paper backwards, this will help your paper sculpture stand up.

·         Place it, standing up, in front of you and make a light outline drawing of it.

·         Look very carefully along every line that you’ve drawn to determine the different tones either side.

·         Gradually build those tones you’ve found and, in doing so, absorb the lines into your tone so that the lines no longer exist as lines.

·         Be sure to look out for the places where the tone swaps places along a continuous line, one moment dark against light, the next light against dark.

·         Be tenacious and build the varying tones carefully and precisely.

·         When you finish this drawing scrumple up your paper sculpture and make a much more rapid drawing of it.

Next lesson: Adding colour to the mix. Bring colour pencils (watercolour pencils are fine) and sketch book. Bring your scrumpled paper OR bring an egg box.


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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