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Monday, October 15, 2018

Autumn leaves and crayon rubbings, student art display, adult drawing class, 10/15/18

Autumn leaves
Students had picked leaves before hand in anticipation of the days subject. We had plenty of beautiful red Maple leaves to choose from.

We started with a blind contour drawing of a leaf. What no tracing? No, but pretend you are tracing it with your finger or your pencil. In fact, use a black colored pencils.
Work silently
keep your pencil on the paper.
Go slowly - as if you were a bug or as if you were tracing with your finger.
Next time I must remind class, if they finish early they are doing this too quickly, and they should at least take another leaf and do it again.

Next we did actual tracings of the leaves one or two.

Third exercise: Free hand cut several leaves or leaf shapes out of a piece of paper so that the background piece is whole. Cut smoothly, as continuously as possible.

Arrange the loose leaf shapes onto another piece of paper. Overlay a blank sheet on that so that you have in effect a leaf sandwich!
Rub over the leaf shapes with various colors of broken crayon. Color in the background around the leaf to the edge of the paper with dark crayons.

Color a blank sheet of paper in a dark color. Overlay the white one piece background paper onto the colored paper. Admire that!

Final drawings - have at it as you want! Most of the students wanted to do crayon rubbings and so they did this on copy paper because they didn't think it would work on card stock. But one student tried the card stock and found out it does work.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Cat with pumpkin & fall leaves, b/w digital phone drawing, 7:30 am, 10/14/18, Catinka Knoth

This cat is carrying a pumpkin. Where is he going with the pumpkin? Is the bird teasing the cat? Maybe the bird and the cat are buddies! Is the cat going to carve a pumpkin face? Will the cat make pumpkin pie? Does he know what he wants to do with the pumpkin? Will the cat and the bird have pumpkin pie together?

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Pumpkin patches & scarecrows and Masks! Children's drawing class, 10/09/18

We drew with scissors today to make our pumpkin masks. What you can't see is the headband for the masks. It is made from a slip of paper folded and cut in such a way that it ends up as a long bouncy string or garland. It is attached to the mask by slit interlocking tabs. Then some cheating with glue and tape.

We cut the masks freehand. No predrawing! We also made paperchains of 4 tiny jack-o-lanterns.
This YouTube video shows how to make that paper chain. We made much smaller ones.

Download the  demo drawings pdfs for coloring pages to print out.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

BlueJays? Pop up coloring card experiment, 10/06/18

The mechanics need work. I had just seen a sweet popup card done in watercolor, from the Toymaker, Marilyn Scott-Water. The bird sits on a tree branch in front of an autumn lake scene. In her model, the bird comes off a long center trunk. I have lots more figuring out to do on this. I drew it quickly and directly in black crayon. That way you can print these out and play with them. I'll convert them to high contrast images later.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Autumn leaves - drawings, papercuts, crayon rubbings - children's art class 10/02/18

A pouring rainy late afternoon, and there were still not that many colorful leaves about. We drew and colored from a reference page of leaf models - maple, oak, and birch. We cut freehand leaves and then made crayon rubbings with them. To draw the leaves we start with the vein structure. It is like a skeleton. From there we draw the contour outline of the leaf. However it turns out will be beautiful.

I wish I could remember all the leaf jokes and puns I heard last year. Things like you leave me pining for you. We maple that tree down next year. Of course these oaks are not as funny as those I heard last year. Hard to come up with them at the drop of a hat and it can be a bit like finding a needle in a haystack. Yep, it can be a birch.

Apple spheres and apple boughs, student art display, adult drawing class, 10/1/18

We started with some follow-along practices on drawing spheres. Just a single line encircling a circle can give a feeling of form to a flat disc. We drew several and added basic hatching or shading to convey the form. Color over the whole sphere makes a conceptual apple.

We did continuous line drawings from my reference photos of apple boughs at an apple orchard. Then we either added color to those drawings or drew again to have both a line drawing and a color drawing.

You can find my reference photos on my other blog, CKNotes

And here, hopefully, is a PDF of a similar lesson, with watercolor and crayon illustrations to print out.