Last years successful art class

Last year, November 21. 2014

I had the privilege working with some wonderful children in the sixth grade. We were on our second lesson and I cannot believe how they are really applying what they are learning. Last month I outlined the 5 points of a drawing.  We focused that day on shadow and light. We had all the lights turned off so we could see more of the contrast in the shadow and the lighten area.

It never ceases to amaze me how quick the students can apply what they learn.

I was working with 2 classes. Each class was different. The first class is done the day before. So It helps me see what questions the children need help on. The second class is the next day. So I am a little more prepared. There are students who are not afraid of working with new ideas. They look at what they are achieving. Very creative ideas. It was fun to see them love what they were able to draw.  I wanted them to take time to relax and enjoy the exercises and view them as stepping stones for developing new art skills. One thing I help then remember is that challenging yourself  helps you to progress.

Thank you all your kids, for a great time in your classes. You’re surprising me with your hard work and fantastic drawings ­

Check out my other blogs. do we see in a drawing..   we are wonderfully made…

Drawing Shadows is not guess work.

Drawing Shadows is not guess work.

WE see light and shadow every day. It is part of our subconscious. So when we start to actually think about shadow and where and how it is drawn, you will find it difficult. we naturally develope what is a normal shadow and what is not normal. for instance. What if you saw a on the vase or above it. that would not be logical or normal. Because we see shadow always the same. They never change, they may move with the movement of the light source but it still will be the same pattern that we have seen before. This Goes for everything we see every single day

Before I learned this, I would just copy what I saw. But what if you want to create your vase and shadow from memory? You have to know the principles on how it works. Or it does not look quite right. Maybe one shadow in the drawing is longer that another objects shadows in the drawing.

Whether it is shadow, prospective, spirals or people. We need to know why what we see is a certain way. Which way the line needs to be on a building in order to look good. Has this ever happen to you? You spent hours on a drawing but something is not right. You would look at the drawing and all the parts are there… Have you ever had those moments, where you could not figure out what you did wrong. It’s okay, everyone has done it. Well I am going to let in on a secret…

Actually it is quite logical an not that hard. Everything we see is familiar. It follows a patterns. It follows logical design.

There are geometric patterns that can be used to create proper shadows,Prospective, spirals or people. We have discussed landscape clouds recently. we will continue more later.

Check out my other article on “What do we see in a drawing. Shape colour, shadow, reflection, negative spacing , contrast ” ..  Dealing with negitive spacing.


Perspective in the sky.

Today we’re going to talk about landscaping drawings or paintings. You might have noticed sometimes when you look at a painting something doesn’t look right. Well one of the key elements in a good landscape painting is to make sure that your clouds are drawn in perspective.

So if you look at a cloudy sky, you will see that the clouds that are up above you or closer to you are actually larger than the ones closer to the horizon or near the mountain. This is the same principle of the road’s view when you
Drive down the road. you will see that edge of the road will  start to merge together, as you look ahead of you they come to a point. that point is called your focal point which create your prospective view. The point is always drawn at eye level or on the horizon. Then you would draw from the Point. Depending on whether you are standing to the right or the left of the road, this would determine where you would put your lines that diverge from your focal point to create your prospective view of the clouds in your drawing. Let me know how that works. I will post a drawing later