Sketchbook warm ups kindly submitted by Jo Blaker.
1) Split the class in two.
2) Give one half paints and ask them to mix a shade, and cover different kinds of scrap paper with this colour. Encourage them to try different techniques – broad strokes, little dots, patterns etc. Once dried these can be cut into strips, shapes etc and used in sketchbooks for future drawings.
3) The second group then try to draw members of the first group whilst they paint. They could stay seated so that their view is slightly obscured – eg they may have to draw the side of someone’s face, the back of a head etc. Encourage this group to make lots of little, quick drawings on one page. They could focus on detail, or just shapes. They could fill in their drawings with pattern and/or colour at a later date.
4) Swap the groups around.
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