Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Gestural Line and Contour Lines

Today in 7th grade we explored different types of lines using charcoal. We also timed these drawings to help eliminate the self critic and or the need to make something perfect.

In period 1/2 we performed timed gestural line and scumbling with a live figure.

Students had two minutes to define the angles of the:

  • Head
  • Neck
  • Shoulders
  • Spine (2 segments)
  • Hips
  • Limbs (2 segments each for the arms, and 2 segments each for the legs)
After two drawings at two minutes we moved to one minute gestural figure drawings. The students had some difficulty with the spacing of the legs and hips. After some discussion we found a solution to the problem. The students decided to draw a shorter line for the hips which enabled them to correctly find the proportions of the hips to the legs. 

In periods 5/6 and 7/8 students explored contour lines. 

Contour is French for outline, and we use contour lines when we draw, to define the various edges of a three dimensional object. 
 
Students drew from a still life that was set up in the center of the room. We did three different types of timed drawings:
  1. 20 minute contour drawing - students could pick up their charcoal from the paper 
  2. 15 minute continuous contour drawing - students were not allowed to pick up their charcoal fro the paper
  3. 15 minute blind continuous contour drawing - students were not allowed to look (eyes closed)  at the still  life or to pick up their charcoal fro the paper
The blind contour was the most adventurous!!!