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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan

Charcoal Origami Drawing

Created on April 26, 2016 by mlkART

This is a lesson I have used for my AP Drawing students. Students will create an observational drawing of origami using white charcoal on toned paper.

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7 sessions; 45 minutes per session

1. Students will be able to demonstrate an advanced OBSERVATIONAL technical drawing skill of a still life.
2. Students will develop skills in direct observation
3. Students will create interesting composition (engage edges, rule of thirds)
4. Students will develop skills in shading – to create smooth texture of paper sculpture
5. Students will show full range of values from black (cast shadows), mid tone (paper value), and bright white (highlights)
6. Students will show understanding of chiaroscuro (in art is the use of strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition)
7. Students will show trompe l’oeil effect (a style of drawing/painting in which objects are depicted with photographically realistic detail)

1. White copier paper
2. Grey (or toned) pastel paper
3. Glue
4. Black posterboard
5. White Charcoal
6. Black Charcoal
7. Pencil/eraser
8. Ruler
9. Blending stump

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1. Decide upon an interesting origami piece (s) and fold following instructions.
2. Glue and attach origami piece (s) to black posterboard
3. Using direct observation, draw basic shapes of origami using a pencil and ruler (spot lights or direct light source help)
4. Pay close attention to form, proportion, and negative space
5. Begin to layout brightest white value into drawing (add value like you would a coloring book...NO OUTLINES)
6. Continue adding value working your way from bright white to the grey of the paper (darkest value/shadow in origami will be the grey paper)
7. Use blending stump to create SMOOTH values and eraser to create crisp edges!
8. Erase any visible pencil lines
9. Add cast shadow in black charcoal

Students will be assessed based on the attached rubric.

1. Project handout
2. Student examples