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LESSON PLANS SUMMER TERM 2024 (1st half) Lesson 1: drawing the still-life.

My laptop is at the menders so I'm trying to give you all an idea of what we'll be doing and using my phone to do it... slightly tricky!!!

You'll need soft pencils, eraser, sketch book and two or three objects. (If you'd like to work from a face or figure you're welcome to bring relevant images). We'll be working with different ways of drawing. Above are some examples. My laptop is still at the menders but I've manged to post the lesson here via my phone! Getting better at it 😌

Summer Term 2024 (1st half) Lesson 1: Ways of seeing and ways of drawing.

·        Drawing 1: Set up your collection of objects in front of you. (If using a face or figure image, work in the same way as I describe).

·        This will be a challenge…to spend as much time as I suggest on this first drawing…without looking at the drawing you’re making, looking only at your subject, draw in response for 7 minutes.

·        Think as much about in-between shapes as any other part of your subject. The in-between shapes describe the important shapes between one element and another (even on faces!).

·        Drawing 2: This one you can look at as you work on it. Using the side of your pencil (or a graphite stick – I have some) softly shade areas to begin to describe the shapes of your subject. Go too far so you can negotiate with your eraser. Don’t look for darker shapes until you’ve found overall areas of tone, the gradually (and softly) build darker tones on top.

·        Drawing 3: Make an outline drawing of your subject, and using cross hatching and loose hatching, absorb the outlines into areas of hatching, creating the tone on whichever side of the outline has the darker tone. You can build tone on tone, you can correct with your eraser.

Next lesson: Think about how you might interpret drawing 2 (the soft one) in paint – what medium might you use? How will you negotiate your subject (i.e.what will be your corrective measures if you want to renegotiate your work?).


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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