Bicycle studies to kick off the fall session. This lesson is all about composition, different types of lines, creating value with charcoal, and getting messy. Once they have their 3 boxes drawn, i take away the erasers! Mistakes are opportunities to continue your drawing.
Students start by doing 3, 5 minute studies in pencil.
The first study is a contour line drawing of the entire bicycle.
The second study, I ask students to do a close up of one part of the bicycle.
Often, students do not zoom in very close, the 3rd study is another close up of a different part of the bicycle. A second chance to zoom in on details.
Students then have about 1/2 hour to do a detailed charcoal study of the bicycle on the rest of the page.
Still a couple spots left in the summer camps. Find the dates and details here.
One of my favorite classes of the last year! Reduction, lino-cut prints. Reduction printing is the process of printing multiple colours from the same block. Students start with a quick sketch to plan the process, the colors and the order of carving. The lightest color is printed first with a small amount or nothing carved away. The added to challenge to this project was the tile effect and radial symmetry.
All four corners of the block should have a design or interesting negative space in them.
The lightest color is printed first with a small amount or nothing carved away. We always print proofs to test colors, registration and to see if we if we like it.
The sides of the blocks also need to line up so that when block is printed a larger image is created.
Ready to print the second colour.
A very strong graphic image, we decided it didn't need its second colour.