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LESSON PLANS SUMMER TERM 2024 (2nd half) lesson 3: Creating a new piece from the completed working drawing.

In this lesson I'm asking my students to create an entirely new piece of work from their completed 'View through a window with Still-life' drawings. They can choose the medium (or mix of media) that they'd like to use, I'd like to see some experiments with ways of working! Above you can see the watercolour I began last week...I'm putting it through its paces, layering, scratching textures with gesso and using glaze layers on an as yet unfinished experiment!

Summer Term 2024 (2nd half) Lesson 3: Working from the finished drawing in the medium of choice.

·         Take time to finish your ‘View through a window with Still-life’ drawing if you haven’t done already.

·         Think about the medium you’re going to use, if you’re using watercolour find the lightest places, work our where you’ll put your first wash and which bits of your page you’ll leave white (unpainted). While the wash is still wet, fill it with more colour (making sure not to let paint drift into the shapes you’ve left light). Find some hard edged shapes once the wet layer has dried.

·         If using pastels, block the main shapes, be ready to smudge your colours and find clearer shapes with a next layer. Try introducing pastel-pencil and line over some of the smudged shapes.

·         If using acrylics, draw the main shapes with brush & paint and a neutral colour (blue and brown mix), gradually introduce tonal variety by adding white to your tonal colour. Add colours as you continue but make sure your colours have tonal differences (light and dark).

·         You can try mixing your media, perhaps try collage and acrylic, wash and line (pen), watercolour and pastels or any combination of any of these!

Next lesson: An old gem…find a lovely magazine image that can be cut into strips. Bring watercolours, watercolour paper, glue stick, scissors and lovely magazine with garden or flower images.


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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