By Paula Briggs
Here’s a simple but effective exercise we used with children aged 8, 9 and 10, to help them explore a new way of seeing and drawing.
We were drawing semi-precious stones as part of a drawing/making project at an AccessArt Mini Art School session. As part of our sketchbook work, the children made a number of drawings in various media, and in this exercise I invited the children to try to see (and represent in their drawing) the feeling of structure and volume within the semi-precious stones.
I challenged the children to take a handwriting pen, and use a lolly stick as a ruler, and to make a five minute drawing using only straight lines. I reminded them of all the various cross hatching techniques to help them create areas of dark and light to help build their drawing, and to use shadow to help anchor their drawings to the page.
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