we begin – with line

We don’t need shading or even perspective and we can understand the image. It’s all in the placement of the lines of the work; the pressure and direction of the line.
Rick Rotante

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Adriana: I never thought of drawing a pine cone. 
Me: Did you enjoy it?
Adriana: Yeah, I did. 
Me: Do you like the end result?
Adriana: I’m really proud of it. I didn’t know I could do that.

In-class subject-matter: Pinecone
Focus: Inner and Outer contour – which basically means they are working with the design element of line. A fluid, simple line is arrived by careful observation and careful putting down what one sees.
Out of class: complex natural object of their choosing.

igotthepineconeblues

I Got The Pinecone Blues by Adriana

bellpepperandonion

Bell Pepper and Onion by Adriana

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Tilted by Alyssa

jalapeno

Jalapeno by Alexssa

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Pinecone by Kyle

curvycone

Curvy Cone by Katie

innercone

InnerCone by Jesus

lelacone

Orange by Lela

Below: Drawing 2 students.
They have to stay connected to line. But they get to pick their subject-matter and drawing medium. I’m pleasantly surprised when they each choose to work with charcoal and pastel. All of them have studied with me before, basically they pick up where they left off.

artichokeale

Artichoke Flower by Alejandra

gonewiththewind

Gone With The Wind, by Manny

Is the drawing believable? Carefully observed? Do lines flow? Does your eye move through the composition?
We take a 15 minute break mid-class and usually the class goes out to the courtyard. This time I notice many return to the drawings and take a closer look at each others work. Already their understanding has expanded.

…. clearly we are off to a good start … 

4 thoughts on “we begin – with line

  1. What you posted on line and your own work is very inspiring. I’m going to be working with teens and I’m going to start with line also. Thanks.

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