honoriartist (honoriartist) wrote,

Obsersvational Drawing Day One Posters

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To introduce students to a variety of drawing media
To reduce stress about drawing
To build a feeling of community in the classroom
To establish the roles in setting up and cleaning up art environment

A variety of art supplies on tables
Poster sized heavy weight paper that will take water media

  1. Use at least 3 different media on your page to create a poster with the theme of "art supplies"
  2. Brainstorm the text for your poster. For example, students noticed that they get dirty using the compressed charcoal so one poster used charcoal to spell out "Dirty Art"  another student used pink and wrote "Art Supplies are Girly"
  3. At the end of twenty minutes hang the drawing on the board. Teacher invites students to compare what they have done with the work of other students and to decide if they can do anything else to make their poster more professional or more readable or more dramatic. 
  4. Give students an additional 10 minutes to revise the poster or to start a new one.
  5. After all the posters are again hung on the wall.
  6. Writing assignment: Instruct students to write what they learned using a list of professional vocabulary words.  Students are to use 3 of the professional words (from design fundamentals list) in their paragraph and underline the professional vocabulary terms.
Students hesitated at first but when the early adopters started to experiment the rest of the students quickly followed. 
Students used a variety of materials with little hesitation.
Student incorporated professional vocabulary into personal reflections.

Student Writing from the What I Learned exercise
  • I learned to not be afraid of getting my hands dirty.  Creativity is best when there are no boundaries and getting dirty for me is letting go of boundaries.
  • I learned that charcoal and graphite have different values for a composition.  Also that erasers and tortillions should not be seen negatively, but as a means of adding lighter values.
  • I learned to use contrasting colors to make things stand out.
  • I'm looking forward to learning to communicate better with drawing.
  • I learned that your thoughts and ideas can be put into art.
  • I experimented with new materials and discovered I like the way oil pastels flow.  I would like to add more color values to my art, and try to get away from the average gray scale.
  • I learned that art is very messy and I will try to be sticking to the un-messy mediums if possible.
  • I learned that I don't like drawing - at all.  Hopefully this class can change that.
Teaching Reflections
This is a variation on my art supply rodeo with stations for students to experiment with.  The new room allows for the long tables to be set up so that there is a long space on which to place the art supplies for student to work where they can see each other and see the options of supplies.  I will use this project in the other Observational Drawing classes tomorrow because this was a successful first day activity.  The important closure is the What I Learned writing activity with the list of professional words.  It gives me the feedback I need to know that students were learning specific critical non-verbal information in the hands-on activity. The writing activity also identified students who don't have a natural confidence in drawing or don't want to get messy in the process.  This helps me to be sure to highlight the use non-messy drawing tools and to stress the way drawing is used as a professional drawing tool in the student's future profession.
Tags: observational drawing, student work, teaching

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