This student work exemplifies the range and depth of simple drawing materials such as charcoal and graphite. Some of the projects shown here are drawn from a students own sculptural creation using folded paper, Styrofoam spheres and toothpicks, all with dramatic lighting to emphasize form and shadow. Students love to make these decisions of not only what to draw but how to place the light for the best compositions!
Creating a grid backdrop as an arena for the subject matter is just fun! It adds an exciting layer of dimension, interest and curiosity to a student’s drawing. They get to play with oil pastel color and experiment within the taped off structure.
Students learn how to be loose and experimental, and also how to pay attention to detail and composition. More detailed and structured drawings are then attached on top of the grid to complete the collage piece.
Dolls & Figures
For students just learning to think about portraiture, using dolls of various
‘personalities’ tends to be a less intimidating subject matter than a live model. Achieving likeness and detail, and determining for the first time what are important characteristics that make a face unique is a success. Using lighting and scale decisions by the students teaches them about their own personal preferences and style. Loose materials, such as ink wash and charcoal were helpful to students in creating these pieces.
I use collage as an opportunity to brainstorm and experiment, to ‘put on’ and ‘take off’ at any given moment during the creative process. Students love the risk and sense of spontaneity that collage had to offer. Found or hand made shapes, photographs, paint, glue and text all come together in these unique and personal expressions.