We started with several exercises working from my reference photos. A) Continuous line drawings to practice flowing line. B) A silhouette or stencil style drawing of a lobsterboat. C) draw a scene using any of the reference materials.
Students did some torn paper and negative space exercises before tackling the reference model. This is a little painting I did years ago. Sketching sailboats racing can only be done quickly in real time. I painted in my little drawing the next day.
Back then I had no camera that could see so far out. I could only see through binoculars. My phone camera still can't see that far out. One must draw moving objects quickly and make up the rest.
I think this is a little video of students art of a winter scene we worked with. I'm testing why I could not export the vid I wanted. Seems it was not exporting because the file is too big at 2 gb. I had the option to download it but google drive warned that it was too big for them to scan for viruses, this vid seems to be exporting. We'll see. I'll have to break up the other one, or something.
Yearly visitors who have come to class since it started in 2007 came today. Always such true magic to see youngsters change year by year. Faith in the future for all gets showered on me, like the fairy dust in Peter Pan, when this family visits.
We went through four sets of drawings with so many Maine birds to draw: Owls, blue jays, eagles, loons, puffins, chickadees, cardinals, cormorants, hawks, hummingbirds, herons, pelicans, egrets.
Here is a demo drawing from years ago. You can use it as a coloring page.
We started the daisies lesson with a series of exercises creating disks in various positions to convey a conceptual flower head placement in space. We colored the background areas without using outlines, coloring up to imaginary outlines - working with the negative space to create daisies.
In final drawings, students invented scenes and used some of the daisy exercises on a smaller scale to evoke the flowers' movement through space.