The assignment: to study and identify complex structure and complex texture, create a composition and balance the positive and negative space. The subject-matter for the majority of the student’s are shells. They can make other choices with homework.
I consider this assignment to be a turning point. The commitment is big and the work is intense. Students must work slow and careful using a magnifying glass to see, and see more.
Take a look at some of the finished drawings. Note the advanced students work on scratchboard.
Drawing 2 students use scratchboard and work off of photos. Clearly they have more freedom but the assignment requires steady patience.