Lesson Plans.

In this lesson I'm putting my students through their drawing paces! They will have brought a bowl of fruit and drawing things...

Summer Term 2019: A Bowl of Fruit.

Lesson 10: Drawing – a way of making visual notes for future reference.

  • Set your bowl of fruit in front of you. You can keep all the fruit in the bowl or set some outside the bowl.

  • Draw for ten minutes in any way you choose.

  • Turn the bowl around so that it looks a bit different. Spend ten minutes making a drawing without looking at the drawing as you create it. In other words, you’ll spend 100% of your drawing time studying your subject and not your drawing.

  • Move one piece of fruit out of, and away from, the bowl so that a space exists between them. This time you can look at both your subject and your drawing. Start by looking for a shape which exists between the bowl and the separated fruit. Work out the base of the bowl in relation to the bottom of the fruit. Continue this as a line drawing. Negotiate and re-negotiate.

  • Using the side of your pencil, create a tonal drawing by softly hatching. Find an area of both mid and dark tone together, find this shape first and then continue in the same way across the whole subject.

  • Set the bowl up differently again.

  • A drawing of shape! Think Picasso! Simplify the shapes you see by translating them to geometric shapes. Extend some the fruit or bowl’s edges through the drawing beyond where they actually exist. Embrace the abstract! Make an experimental drawing using a combination of both line and tone.

Next lesson: Translating one or other (or all!) of your drawings into a painting – it could be watercolour, acrylic, oils, pastels (oil or soft pastels) or mixed media. We’ve done a lot of mixed media this term so you have experience! Please bring your drawings next week and the media you’ve chosen to use.

About this site...
I am an art teacher living and working in Dorset.  I have taught for the Adult Education Service, the University of Bath and some supply teaching in my local schools but now I run all my classess and courses privately. This site is intended as an addition to my teaching, primarily for any student who in the week misses a class and wants to catch up.
The lessons are also available for any one anywhere who would like some ideas on what to teach, what to learn or is just interested in seeing what we do.
I'm afraid I won't be able to answer any emails or comment on anyone's work as I just wouldn't have the time. 
I teach four weekly art classess in Bandford in Dorset and every six weeks or so I run a Sunday workshop in a village hall on the outskirts of Blandford. I also run a vibrant five-day summer school and a two-day workshop in the days leading up to Christmas. Other than that I spend every available moment in my studio or drawing and painting elsewhere.
I studied for four years at The Slade School of Fine Art where I was awarded The Slade Prize on graduation. I went on to travel and study further finally doing a P.G.C.E at Exeter University with Ted Wragg as my mentor. It was a wonderful year of education which set me in good stead for my years of teaching since then.