During our first drawing class we focused on texture. I have to give credit to this wonderful site for the ideas behind my drawing class lesson plans. The lessons are great and it has been really fun to see how my age range of students (6yrs to 12 yrs) handled the assignment!
This was our first class together so we began by discussing our drawing tools. We have pencils of different hardness, kneaded erasers, and some fine tip pens for later.
We talked about the meaning of texture and what words describe texture. Then we discussed how we could interpret texture into drawings primarily by using line. I gave each student a grid of 12 boxes and they filled each box with a different visual texture.
Next I had them cut a simple shape out of cardboard. On their drawing paper they made a one inch border and then traced the shape over and over to form a pattern. At this point we discussed positive and negative space as well as contrast between our darkest pencil marks and lightest. We talked about the importance of balance between darks and lights in the final work.
Finally the students began to fill in the spaces they created with texture. The results were really cool.
Here are a few of the finished pieces.