Cycle 3 Weeks 5 and 6 are here!


Good morning!

Here are weeks five and six for Cycle 3. Sorry things are so haphazard in regards to timing, but moving has not been as streamlined as I remembered (I’ve done this five times before, you’d think I’d know how to do this.  Of course, this is the first time moving with more than one child…)

I really got into “Perspective” this year (Week 5), but due to time restraints thanks to the move, I wasn’t able to do as much as I would have liked, but I hope it helps you. I liked how color theory, as I had been taught it (“Cool colors recede into the distance, warm colors advance”) had a scientific reason behind it, which impacts how you can color a landscape to force more depth.

Perspective is, I fear, quite long, so print the parts you like or need, and leave the rest if you need to.  don’t be afraid to share this site or the FB page to your parents if they have questions about how to continue some of this at home–I’m happy to provide help to them too!

Week 6 is a review about what we learned and how those lessons relate to artistic techniques.

With Fifth edition debuting next year, it’s hard to tell what will happen to the fine arts section of the guide.  Next year might be an entire overhaul-who knows?

The world of drawing is one that reveals so much, and allows so much communication and problem solving on different levels. Engineering, animation, scientific research, set and costume design for movies and plays, museum exhibits and graphic designs, advertising, book layouts and cover design, scientific diagrams, illustration, and so much more, all need clear, communicable drawings as part of their work.

But more than that, drawing gives us another mode of expressing ourselves, if only to ourselves. Catching, on paper, a moment of beauty which we can look back on again and again is something which allows us to be more mindful of the beauty of the world around us, as well as the memories of it. Thousands of photographs can get lost in the shuffle of life at times, but there is something almost magically tangible about seeing and holding a drawing, done in a specific moment in time by a single person holding a pencil or pen, and catching a glimpse on paper of something they thought was worth the time and effort to swirl into life.

But enough of my poor poetry!

ANNOUNCEMENT: I know it’s last minute, again, thanks to the move, but I’ll be doing another video tutorial on Wednesday, August the 16, at 9 pm. This next one will cover both weeks 2 and 3, which are really two different techniques to reveal the same thing: how to record something line for line–especially when the brain has been tricked to seeing the lines that make up the image, but not always the image itself!  This will be another facebook live event, so be sure to like our fb page, and then join us for the live demo OR catch the recording later.

You can see the OiLS demo, here, on our facebook page.

Remember, drawing is always about the process and progress, not the product!

C3W5 Perspective

C3W6 Final Project