NO! It's the cheesiness. The tackiness. The rudimentary elementary looking artwork that I get from this. Maybe I'm not a good teacher when it comes to linear perspective, and THAT'S WHY! Or maybe I just don't like to give a huge amount of time that truly is needed to get the details just right. I don't know. It just seems that it's just so easy to mess up. Even the most skilled student who really understands the concepts can quickly and easily draw one line wrong and the whole things just looks "off." UGH!
So, instead of fighting it (totally and completely), I try to make it as silly as possible. Last semester I had the students create a B Movie Poster using one point perspective. That was fun, and the kids enjoyed it. Still not my FAVORITE, but okay, I did like it. I'll post on that one later. Right now, I'm in my monster kick (if you couldn't tell) and so I'll show you what my students did for Drawing 1 in summa skool this summer.
MONSTER ROOMS, of course! I ended class one day with a collaborative game. I had students first draw a shape (any shape will do!) in their sketchbooks. Then, they passed their sketchbooks. Then another set of instructions (draw eyes). Then pass. And so on and so forth. When finally passed back to the original owner, they received a silly collaborative MONSTER! yay. Love it!
|Student uses his brainstorm sketches in his |
sketchbook to create his artwork.
They had to create a 1/2" border (on a 5" x 7" paper I provided), pencil in the drawing, ink the drawing using line weight, and add pencil shading to enhance. Lastly, of course add a signature and a title. Here is what we came away with: ENJOY!