LESSON PLANS: WINTER TERM 2021 - LESSON 1. Meditative drawing, tone and colour.

We are having a run of four sessions for the beginning of our winter term, and this is the first lesson. In this lesson I'm asking my students to be very precise with their drawing skills - so this is not a lesson about expressive drawing but much more about control of pencils to create tones. There is one small expressive element to this lesson, time allowing!

Winter term 2021. Lesson 1 meditative drawing with pencils and colour pencils.

Looking at tone, colour and precision.

· In first part of this lesson I’m looking for precise rather the expressive drawing.

· Sharpen all your pencils very well.

· Lightly draw round something circular, approx. 2inches across.

· Using a soft (4B etc.) well sharpened pencil on its side (therefore using the length of the pencil lead), begin to put the tone into one side of the circle. Use circular motion to build up that tone where you want it to be dark and using the same motion but more lightly, move across to build some tone in those areas which will not be so dark.

· Absorb the pale outline into your tone as you go. Continue until you’ve created a sphere as opposed to a circle! (The appearance of 3D).

· Choose four colours which travel through the tonal range (I chose dark blue, dark brown, light brown and yellow)

· In a newly and very lightly drawn circle, repeat the same but this time start very lightly with your darkest colour. Gradually build the darkest tone with more pressure on the first colour and mix into it your next colour in tonal value. I used dark brown and blue in the darkest area, the same blue and light brown in the middle area and light brown and yellow in the lightest area. This kept my colours inter-linked while allowing the different natural tones of the colours to help me with my tonal values.

· Look at my loose drawing examples. Using a simple mug from the kitchen, practice this looser style with colour pencils, but begin without outlines!

Next lesson: Bring a still life, three objects, very simple forms and simple colours/tones. Bring colour pencils

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.