7th grade has been working on adding value to their drawing as well. One goal that resounded overall at the beginning of this quarter was that students wanted to improve their drawing skills. Since I did not want my students to feel completely overwhelmed trying to draw everything at once, I photographed them and then they worked on tracing the outline of their face, neck, and shoulders using a light box. Next, they worked on adding value with their pencils and then creating unique scenes in their sunglasses' lenses that represent one of their favorite summer memories. Again, I am looking forward to posting photos of their finished products!
6th grade has been hard at work on creating "Knights in Shining Armor!" Since the knight is our mascot, I wanted to start with a fun project that related to the school. We read a bit about the process of becoming a knight and the code of chivalry. We discussed how their code is similar to our own code of conduct at WHMS. Students came up with their own designs for their armor and then used the repousse process. We pressed their designs into tooling foil and then antiqued them with India ink. I am always impressed with how creative my students can be!
All grade levels have their first sketchbook assignment for the quarter due this week. Each grade level has a list of topics to choose from and all students are responsible for just one topic each week. (8th graders, every other week since I only see them every other day.) Feel free to email me with questions!
The photos of all of these projects will be posted by the end of next week. If you are curious about contour drawing or repousse, here are some videos to check out (click on the links to be redirected to the videos) Thanks for stopping by!:
The Art of Copper Repousse
Blind Contour Drawing