Here’s some work from my very talented Saturday teen class. Adults are welcome to join this class which is continuous with a different focus from month to month. This work is done with Prismacolor colored pencils on grey paper from a photograph.
Here are 2 more classes where the teens honed their skills in charcoal. Working from a still life they demonstrated how to use value to render form and space. They worked on an exercise I adapted from the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards to help students think about value abstractly. I took a Norman Rockwell painting, cropped and blew up small sections. The assignment is just to copy the composition and values that are in the print out without knowledge of what it is. This helps facilitate the necessary switch to the right side of the brain when drawing. When you don’t know what you’re drawing the left side of your brain can’t jump in and say “I don’t know how to draw folds in fabric.”