1. Have students practice value scales using each of the 4 shading techniques. (15 minutes each)
2. Have students practice applying each technique to a variety of shapes to create forms (cubes, cylinders, spheres, etc). (30 minutes)
3. Have students draw 15 boxes (3x3 in with about 1/2 inch spacing) on each 12x18 sheet of drawing paper for a total of 30 boxes.
4. Glue the two sheets together to form 1 draw piece of drawing paper.
5. Students will light draw one letter of the alphabet in each box. They may stylize the letters any way they would like. The will be 4 empty boxes which the students may create their own monster not using a letter(they may place these anywhere).
6. Students will morph their letter into a monster. Once the monster is designed, students must shade each box using one of the following items
5 Boxes - Blended
5 Boxes - Hatched
5 Boxes - Cross-Hatched
5 Boxes - Stippled
Last 10 boxes - Students' choice
(See Alphabet Monster Sheet Attached for more info).
We spent 1 week in class with discussions, examples, practicing techniques etc. After that week students were to work on these drawings any time we had a modified schedule, free time, bell ringer time, and at home. I set a specific amount of boxes to be due each week so I could see progress. All drawings were do at the end of the quarter. This was a great way to get students to draw almost every day.
We referenced the works of Chris Rynaik and Paride Bertolin (see links provided).
Visual Arts Standard 1: Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes
[5-8] Students select media, techniques, and processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of their choices
[5-8] Students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas