I think observation studies are very important for 1st years to develop. This project helped students practice their observation skills while learning the basic skills and techniques of lino printing. Students began drawing an animal of their own choice from observation from photographs and magazines as realistically as possible, focusing on detail and texture. These studies were used as a basis for their lino prints. Students used a variety of directional cuts to create contrasting texture in their lino prints.
As well as learning basic drawing techniques in 1st year, I really like to cover as many crafts as possible. This gives the students a good taster of art and also caters for weaker students as there is not such an emphasis on drawing all the time and therefore they can still suceed in making some great art.
This is a project I like to do to introduce clay as it covers all the basics such as how to join clay together using slip and how to glaze. It also introduces the basic vocabulary such as bisque fired, slip, glaze etc.
The students started by drawing a series of fish studies from observation from photographs, drawing as realistically as possible, especially focusing on detail and colour and texture. These studies were used as a basis for designing and creating their clay tiles.
This lesson was inspired by Pointillism – grid drawing project that I seen on Julianna Kunstler’s Pinterest page. It was originally meant for students to do individually but I thought it would be perfect to do as a group project.
The image was a little small as there were 24 students in my class so I enlarged the Racoon image to A3 and then photocopied a mirror image so they would have 2 racoons to work from. I then stuck them together and cut them into 5x5cm square pieces. On the back of each piece I wrote a letter and a number so we would know how to put the mural back together and I laminated each piece.
Each student was given a piece at random to copy using the pointilism technique. If any student finished early they received a new piece to copy. Below are some photos of the process for you to see.
It took 3 double classes to add the finishing touches and assemble the finished mural, but the result is incredibly impressive! The students were very excited assembling the mural as they did not know what they were drawing until it was all assembled. I think this really helped them focus more on looking rather than trying to draw what they know it should look like.