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LESSON PLANS SUMMER TERM 2024 (1st half) Lesson 2: Interpreting the soft drawing ( from last week).

Last week my students made three very different styles of drawing on the same subject. On this lesson I'm asking them to take the second drawing, the soft one, and interpret it in colour/paint/pastel etc. - in the medium of their choice. I have asked them to think about how they would interpret it and why they would choose what they'd choose to do so.

Summer Term 2024 (1st half) Lesson 2: Interpreting the soft drawing (from last week).

·         You’ll have spent the last week thinking about how you’ll interpret the soft one of your three drawings.

·         You can have your soft drawing and the subject itself in front of you.

·         I chose to use my inky watercolours and some white paint.

·         First I (mostly) wet my page with clean water.

·         Then I painted with my inky paints, placing colour where I felt it should be but allowing it to spread into the wet.

·         I let that layer almost dry and then found some shapes in (mostly) the drier parts of the page – some fell into the wet.

·         My next move, before that layer dried, was to put some white emulsion paint where the painting needed to be made lighter – it fell mostly into wet areas.

·         Finally I let it all fully dry and then added some shapes onto the dry page but I did soften some edges, and I was looking for shapes both on the objects and shapes behind the objects.

·         I have used colour just as I like – not for its ‘rightness’.

Next week: Starting a quick landscape project – translating a landscape into simpler shapes in pencil (to be followed by watercolour using the dry channel technique). Bring a landscape image – black and white image is perfect.


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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