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Drawing on plaster with wax pastels project

 

This still life activity is based on the ‘Drawing On Plaster’ project from the book Drawing Projects for Children by AccessArt’s co-founder Paula Briggs.

Leading up to this activity, I had spent a couple of sessions getting students to do obsevational drawings, learning to look is an important factor when doing still life study and doing something like this is a good warm up exercise. Each child had a view-finder and a magazine page; they could select an area of the magazine to copy.

Young student with still life drawing

Using a view-finder to select an area of a magazine to draw

 

We set about making the mould for the plaster canvas and once completed we mixed the plaster and poured it into the mould.

Drawing on plaster with wax pastels project

Creating a mould for the plaster

 

Drawing on plaster with wax pastels project

Plaster setting in the mould

 

After a week to dry out thoroughly, the mould was removed to reveal the plaster canvas.

Drawing on plaster with wax pastels project

Removing the plaster canvas from the mould

 

I set up a screen on each table so each student could set up a still life composition (we used fruit). It’s a good idea to discuss complementary colours and making your still life visually pleasing.

Drawing on plaster with wax pastels project

Looking at composition

 

Once the friuts were in place, students had the chance to practice their observational skills using watercolour paints. We discussed highlights, midtones and shadows, looking at all the different colours and tones we could see.

Drawing on plaster with wax pastels project

Practising observational skills using watercolours

 

When students were ready they began to illustrate their fruit still life on the plaster canvas with water soluble wax crayons.

Drawing on plaster with wax pastels project

Sketching on the plaster canvas

 

Adding water to a cue tip and gently rubbing it on the wax pastels will encourage the blending of colours.

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This activity was a total success, the paintings were superb and the students really enjoyed the opportunity to draw on an unusual surface.

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Still Life Drawing/Painting

When thinking about this project I was worried that the children wouldn’t enjoy the quiet concentration needed to be able to produce work they would be proud of. How wrong I was! I was so impressed with the Art Cabin kids, they worked quietly and listened to my instruction. In fact at one point you could hear a pin drop.

We talked about composition and the children arranged items such as bottles, fruit, vases and vegetables on white paper so that the shadows could be seen clearly. Charcoal was used as the drawing medium. Somes children wanted to add colour to their pictures and so they used watercolour paints.

 

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