Our first February half-term course was all about drawing. We spent an illuminating day exploring shape, tone and lines with artist, Chrys Allen. Using only black and white in a series of entertaining activities we discovered how to create 3D forms and a sense of depth in our pictures.
We began by making plasticine shapes and illuminating them by torchlight to create shadows. We then made quick charcoal sketches of the shadows to investigate the difference between line and tone.
We then experimented with how different kinds of lines create a sense of different textures.
We then looked at how to create a sense of solidity in our drawings by sketching a collection of white objects.
In our sketches we used the marks we’d practised earlier, taking care to make the sides of each drawing darker than the centre to create a sense of solidity. We then cut our images out and played around with different arrangements on black and white paper. We discovered that where we placed them in relation to the horizon line, affected how large or small they looked. We added an additional sense of depth by creating shadows for our arrangements.
In the afternoon, we took a very different approach to perspective by working in groups to create cardboard box rooms
We then painted our box rooms, applying paint with scrapers and then brushes to make bold lines to create a sense of space and distance.