How to get students to create gestural drawing is a question many art teachers have asked themselves. I saw the beautiful, gestural drawings below on Facebook posted by art teacher Joan Martin. They were posted with the comment:
“I’m trying to get my grade 11 class to work in a more expressive manner. These were 20min studies from still life objects.”
Students in grade 11 are approximately 16.
It is good to get our students experimenting with a range of approaches and I would certainly be happy if my students produced work like the examples below. I asked Joan how she got her students to work so freely, and the great advice below is what she told me.
“The exercise was based on an exercise in a book I recently acquired: “The Drawing Projects: An Exploration of the Language of Drawing by Mick Maslen and Jack Southern” It really is a beautiful book to inspire more experimental approaches to drawing. In this exercise, the students had to observe the form of the still life object they chose from a display.”
Joan went on to outline the following steps:
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