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Drawing Workshops

Drawing Workshops

#1 The Element of Value

-Learn some tips/tricks for creating better drawings
-Learn about the purpose of value, value terms, value scales, and how to create a range of values to make your drawings more realistic.


1. Using your pencil & eraser, draw the apple below to the best of your ability in your sketchbook. The drawing should fill up at least half a page.

2. Read the article: The 3 Reasons Why You Can't Draw 

3. While or after reading, write down 3 tips for drawing better in your sketchbooks.

4. Read the web page on the element of value:

5. Write down the following vocab words with their definitions in your sketchbook: *Hint: the definitions are on the web page listed above*
a. Value
b. Light source
c. Value scale
d. Tints
e. Shades
f. Highlights
g. Shadows

6. Create your own value scale of 7 boxes in your sketchbook next to your apple drawing. Example:

7. Label the highlight & shadow on your apple drawing.

8. Evaluate your apple drawing's value by answering these questions in your sketchbook:
a. Does your apple drawing have a range of values? (light, medium, dark) If not, try to change or add to your apple drawing so it has a range of values.
b. What is at least one thing you could do to improve your apple drawing? Once you've identified what you could improve, improve your drawing!


#2 The Element of Space

-Learn how the element of space can be created in a variety of ways.
-Learn how space is used in artworks
-Learn how to use value and overlapping to create space in a still life drawing.


1. Mrs. Quam will call your name to show her your sketchbook. We will discuss the following:
      a. Progress in the class-- how things are going, questions you have, etc.
      b. Feedback on drawing workshop #1

2. Get the handout labeled "Six Ways to Create the Illusion of Space on a 2D Surface" with the six boxes. If you are at home, you can print the handout by clicking on the link here: Six Ways to Create the Illusion of Space on a 2D SurfaceName.pdf

3. Watch the video on the 6 ways to create the illusion of space on a 2D surface: While watching the video, follow along and create examples of each type of space in the blank boxes.

4. Watch the video on the element of space:

5. Choose one of the artworks shown in the video to answer the following question in your sketchbook:
a. Describe the artwork in 3-5 sentences. b. How does this artwork show space? 

6. Two ways to show space are through overlapping and value. On the back of the "six ways to create the illusion of space" handout, draw the still life below. Make sure to include the dark background, all 3 shapes drawn in correct perspective, and the value (shading). When finished, staple the handout in your sketchbook.


#3 Perspective

Learn how to draw objects in perspective by creating the illusion of space

1. Write the following questions in your sketchbook:
a. Define perspective in drawing in your own words.
b. What is linear perspective?
c. What is one point perspective?
d. What is two point perspective?
e. Find an image or drawing of one point perspective. Draw a quick sketch in your sketchbook to help you remember.

2. Search the Internet for the answers to the above questions and write them in your sketchbook. Avoid websites like Wikipedia. If you aren't sure or need help, raise your hand for Mrs. Quam.

3. Choose one of the following videos to watch:

 a. Draw a house in one point perspective:  b. Draw an interior room in one point perspective

4. Based on your choice, on AT LEAST half a page, draw the house OR the interior room in your sketchbook. Be sure to include personal choices such as the texture of the walls/floors/roof, size and shape of windows/doors, furniture, etc. Spend at least 20 minutes on this drawing. Your drawing should not look exactly like the examples in the videos.

5. If you are finished and still have time, watch the following video:


#4 Grid Method Drawing

Learn how to use the grid method to create accurate and realistic drawings.

Watch this video that explains the grid method:
You will need to know how to do this for your self-portrait drawing!

2. Print this document: grid drawing practice beginner.pdf

3. Complete the grid drawing by making sure you draw each box as closely as you can to the reference image.

4. If you have additional time, print the more advanced grid drawing practice: grid drawing practice 2.pdf and complete this handout.

*Keep these grid drawing practice handouts in your sketchbook*

*All workshops are due by the end of class Friday, Sept. 30th, 2016.*

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