My Art Foundations classes are going through the elements of art this semester as a general guide to the class. We started with color, and have now moved on to line. The students started with their sketchbook, drawing as many different kinds of lines they could think of. I told them this would be their "bank" to choose from later on and that this was a very important page in their book! Each day their prompts had something to do with lines- blind contour lines, drawing without picking up their pencils, zentangles and doodles, and directional lines.
After discussing the different types of lines, thick, thin, wavy, organic, light, heavy... the students had to choose an animal to draw. They used iPad and drawing books to look up different types of tutorials and inspiration photos.
I gave them a paper that was folded into thirds. I explained that their final drawings would be cut (gasp!) and that they would be making a triptych panel. They needed their drawing to go across both folds.
Once their drawing was complete, they traced it onto their final paper and outlined with sharpie. They then used their "line bank" to fill in their animals with designs. If they had more POSITIVE space than negative space, they could just draw their animal. If they had more NEGATIVE space than positive, they had to create a background (wonder which element we are talking about next?)
Once their drawings were complete, their drawings were cut into thirds and glued onto a black sheet of paper. This was a super-successful project. I think the students were really impressed with themselves! I know that I am so proud! This was also a really great follow up to labor-intensive painting pieces. I could see the students relaxing once they started their designs.