Observational Charcoal Drawings

How to create Observational Charcoal Drawings.

Charcoal Self Portraits

After practicing charcoal drawing with the teen class when they drew paper bags, they were ready to move on to something more challenging: self portraits. Personally, I have never enjoyed drawing myself. I think it is extremely difficult because beyond drawing faces, you are representing yourself. However, the teens did such a great job andContinue reading “Charcoal Self Portraits”

Exploring Charcoal: Paper Bags

A few weeks ago the teen class drew paper lunch bags using charcoal to practice value. We really wanted them to be able to look at their bags, find where the darkest areas and lightest areas were and use charcoal to express these values. Many of the students had never used charcoal before and weContinue reading “Exploring Charcoal: Paper Bags”

Elementary Abstract Landscape Watercolors

All age groups have been studying perspective and learning about watercolor this month.  The youngest elementary art students applied their new knowledge and skills to complete Abstract Landscape Watercolors. We started by looking at the work of Ted Harrison.  He is a Canadian artist who created beautiful colorful abstract landscape of the Yukon Territory.  FollowContinue reading “Elementary Abstract Landscape Watercolors”

Elementary Art Watercolor Landscapes

The Advanced Elementary Art class created winter watercolor landscapes. First, they were introduced to how to use watercolor. We practiced some basic watercolor strokes and learned how to set up our work area. We also had a lesson one-point perspective. And we incorporated what we have learned about value. We put this all together toContinue reading “Elementary Art Watercolor Landscapes”

Teen Value Ornaments

This week the teens learned about value and made value driven ornaments. Value Lesson Value: Value is the amount of light reflected from the surface. Value creates depth in a picture making the object look 3 D. We started by sketching a basic sphere and a five-value scale.  We talked about the different kinds ofContinue reading “Teen Value Ornaments”

Value Paintings and Polar Bears

We had fun creating winter value landscape paintings and drawing polar bears in the Tuesday Elementary Class this week. In the process, we learned about value. Value creates depth in a picture making the object look 3 D.   We looked at photos of the moon at night and saw how the circle around the moon isContinue reading “Value Paintings and Polar Bears”

Painted Papers and Zentangle Hands

For our first project of this year, (I am a little late posting this one) the Wednesday Elementary Art Class completed a two-step project of Zentangle Hands and Painted Papers. Color Lesson and Intro to Acrylic Paint: We completed the Background Papers for our Zentangle hands while learning about color and with a brief introductionContinue reading “Painted Papers and Zentangle Hands”