I don’t have time to teach observation drawing during the school day, so my students have to hand in a drawing that is done at home once every two weeks of the term. I set specific topics that are given to the students at the beginning of each term. Two of the more successful topics have been:
1. Tear a printed image or find a printed image & extend the drawing. I exposed the students to the work of Lauren Spencer King who extends scenes from vintage photographs.
The following images are student's work - by Chia-Min (Grade 11), Keyla (Grade 10) and Yentl (Grade 11) respectively.
2. Draw someone or something you love - and journal about it. I wasn’t too concerned about what they wrote – more about how they integrated text into their drawings. I introduced them to Andrea Joseph. (I have recently blogged about her work)