On day one in observational drawing we have an Art Supply Rodeo.
To familiarize students with the tools of drawing in a non-judgmental sandbox atmosphere.
To encourage students to interact with each other with a shared creative purpose.
Students experiment with art supplies by taking a piece of paper from station to station in the drawing room. Each station features a different art supply to play with. We have a table of free art supplies to select from during the semester. I wander around randomly demonstrating various media. Students try different media on their paper some create abstracts and some create objects.
When a student falls in love with a certain medium I encourage them to buy it so that they can be sure that they will always have access to it.
Outcome: When students are faced with drawing realistic objects later in the term they will know what properties of various media can bring to a composition. Students also get to know each other in an informal way at the same time focus discussions on drawings and tools.
Here are some of the papers that we hung up at the end of the station-to-station trail.