Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Introduction to Drawing 2 Class

First day of the second Semester. I introduced  Choice Base Curriculum to my Drawing 2 students.The applause could be heard down the hall.  They would get the choice of what they drew but I would determine the objectives,  time frame and the medium they would use. It was going very well until I opened my  International Baccalaureate (IB) Sketchbook as an example and saw panic in a few eyes.

 My  Investigation Work Book (IWB)
 Artist Research with drawing and short reflection.
 Artist Research with small thumbnail and short reflection.
 Experimentation with Watercolor.
Art Opening at a local Gallery with pen and ink experimentation.

 The students must  research an Artist that worked in the medium I selected. For their first project they could use either Chalk or oil pastel. The art work must inspire them and they would have to tell me why in their sketchbook. Their next step would be to create a drawing that was their own but showed influence from their artists selection. They would explain their plan and sketch up a few Thumbnail designs for approval. Reflect daily in their sketchbook and document their process using cell phone photos. We would have a mid way critique and on the Final due date they would give a presentation on their artist and their work to the class. I heard a few grumbles but most of the students ran into the computer room to start researching.

Here is one of the students sketchbooks.

So far so good. I displayed a few visuals around the room and over the weekend using my iPad made several videos demonstrating techniques in both chalk and oil pastels.

 You can view those Here.

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