Man who wishes to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details. – Heraclitus
The assignment focuses on natural objects with complex (and beautiful) structure and texture. The students set up a composition balancing positive and negative space, using sea shells and insects – either or both.
Careful observation is key. I suggest they use a magnifying glass. I ask they consider the quality of the lines they use. What sort of lines represent structure? What sort of line represent texture? By now they want to have a larger selection of fine(r) markers.
A couple of students have a particularly challenging time and I suggest short breaks for them. The weather is so nice now, walking or moving will help to settle them.
Here are fine examples of the drawings. Note composition, quality of line and the attention to detail.
Advanced students use scratchboard. Here is one example by Victoria – still in progress.