Students choose a copy of an animal from a magazine. We then add charcoal to the back of the copy and transfer the lines, shapes and swatches of value to their drawing paper by drawing over the copy. I suppose you could call this cheating, but most 8th graders would not be able to draw their creature free hand at this point in their artistic development, so this gives them the confidence to move past this obstacle. The lesson is geared more toward students understanding the concept of value and how to render this in their drawings.
|Above is the animal in the three stages, the copy, |
the scratch art, and the value drawing.