Saturday, September 30, 2017

Observational Drawing: Still Life: Incorporating Collage/Grade Five

This month's observational activity for second, third, fourth and fifth graders consisted of a still life composed of many different types of objects and textures. Each grade approached the still life differently, using different skills or fresh approaches to a revisited subject.

By now, grade five students have had lots of experience drawing from observation while in previous grades.  This particular technique focused on seeing and planning spacial relationships while revisiting a familiar subject they have drawn previously. This year, students were given a challenge to their approach to the still life: to incorporate college in some manner. Students were left to decide how much college they wished to incorporate, for themselves. They were given a wide variety of collage papers and drawing mediums to consider and were shown several examples of still life collages by contemporary artists working in different styles, approaches and materials. This allowed students to respond in many possible ways to this challenge.