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LESSON PLANS SPRING TERM 2024 (1st half) Lesson 1: Tiny Still Life - Charcoal and eraser.

We start our spring term early in the new year. This lesson is all about negotiations with charcoal and eraser. I shall ask my students to lay out a still life of tiny objects on a piece of dark paper and begin their drawings by rubbing out!

Spring Term 1st half 2024 – Lesson 1. Tiny still life, charcoal & eraser.

·         Set out your objects with some spaces between them on the piece pf dark paper (which I have provided).

·         Using a piece of soft charcoal on its side, darken your whole sheet of paper and then smudge the charcoal to a middling tone (use a bit of cloth, rag, kitchen roll or loo roll for the smudging).

·         Using your eraser, gently rub out the lighter places – do not look for detail at this point.

·         If you don’t have a tiny eraser, borrow my Stanley knife, and cut a piece off your big eraser.

·         Now you can begin to look for more detail – once you know where the details might go, having already rubbed out the more general light places.

·         You can now work back in with charcoal to further work on the detail.

·         From here on in, it’s a negotiation between putting in and rubbing out your charcoal to bring your drawing gradually into focus.

Next lesson: Using watercolour, working on a painting of the whole or a part-section of your drawing. Bring your still-life objects, drawings and watercolours with you. Bring good watercolour paper.


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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