Friday, June 30, 2017

Still Life Drawing

This week in the art studio we spent time working on still life drawing. The children got to choose between shells, fruits or vegetables. Black Sharpies were used to draw the objects and create contrast on the paper. Then the children used either chalk pastels or oil pastels to bring their drawing to life. Pastels produce brilliant colors without the drying time of paint. One student told me that she especially likes drawing with chalk pastels because of the rich colors. Chalk pastels are powdery and oil pastels are creamy. Students can experiment with the chalk pastels by drawing lines and squiggles with the tip, the side of the tip, the corner of the tip, and the side of the chalk. Both chalk and oil pastels blend easily on the paper. Fingers, tissues, Q-tips, and dry paint brushes (chalk pastels only) are great tools for blending. When colors are too vibrant, they can be toned down by using white or blending. Color on top of color can add depth to an object. You can add texture by using feathering, cross hatching, and thin lines going in the same direction. Encourage students to experiment with pastels and take the time to evaluate with them what was successful in their drawings. 

Chalk Pastels

Oil Pastels

Fruit for Still Life Drawing

Shells for Still Life Drawing