I teach students about art, creativity, and visual problem solving at Carthage Junior High. My wife is also an art teacher, and my three kids are all into their own arts, music, drama, imaginary unicorn development!
Students are again attempting to blend their own content with the concepts of No. 2 pencils.
Inspiration and Purpose of the Assignment:
Any object that is seen or used on a regular
basis begins to go unnoticed. What we stop seeing is the form,
color, or the object's visual properties. For years you have been
using No. 2 pencils in school on a daily basis. They are indeed an
ordinary, everyday object. What can you develop when you build a 2-D
image using pencil shapes and colors?
Transform a simple line drawing into an
unusual new idea: What if this object
was made completely out of pencils?
Steps in class:
1.Introduce the project, start brainstorming:
Give students their drawing paper from the drawing center (18x12) and
write name, date, hour in left corner, and below, work as a class to remember the
characteristics of regular pencils. In
other words, what do they look like? What
materials? What colors are used? What shapes?
( yellow, hexagonal, etc.)
2.On the front they need to create a contour
line drawing of the subject that you have chosen. This means no shading, little or no
texture. Just lines. It needs to be drawn LARGE on the paper or
they will need to restart. There are
drawing books in drawing “studio” that students could use if they need. You could also look things up on the internet,
or students can in the research “studio” if necessary.
3.Fill the contour drawing with drawings of no.
2 pencils (using a no.2 pencil). Stretch, squish, curve, and
transform the pencil shapes to fit your space (You must include at least 30
pencils in your drawing). Look at
the examples from the sub folder for inspiration on how to do this.
4.Add color to your drawing using colored