honoriartist (honoriartist) wrote,

Week 2 Observational Drawing Fall 2012



Students use vocabulary terms from the day’s lesson to describe their insights during the day’s studio drawing experience.

Student Insights

Today in my observational drawing class I learned that using lines isn’t always necessary when working with 3-dimensional space.  Teacher comment: This lesson points out that contrast between two values is more realistic than a line to create the illusion of an edge.

I also learned that graphite is a lubricant. Teacher comment:  The lubricant quality of graphite came up when a student was unable to cover up a heavily drawn pencil area with compressed charcoal.

Today my first drawing didn’t have the right value and shading.  Then my classmate gave me advice that really helped my second drawing.  Teacher comment: Social learning:-) works!

I learned about positive and negative space and how to cover up my negative space with charcoal. Teacher comment:  I enjoyed reading this because it gives negative space its sense of importance in the composition.  What we worked on is that a darker background (i.e. negative space in this comment) will cause the shaded objects in the foreground to seem closer in the picture plane.  A dark background will also create contrast on the light side of a form.

Today I learned how to actually look at something such as geometric forms and draw what I see instead of thinking of what I see.

Teacher reflection

When students apply new vocabulary while analyzing new drawings they are in a fresh and open mental state.  This technique might be seen as drawing and critiquing on both sides of the brain.

Tags: observational drawing, student work, teaching

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