A Beginner-Friendly Spring Art Project
Lesson 1,: Planning your Masterpiece
1) No shopping for supplies. Use whatever you have at home, including, but not limited to, pencils, typing paper, drawing paper, crayons, children's watercolors, ink pens, colored pencils, and any artist quality supplies you may have. I plan to work in pencil, ink, and watercolor.
2) Have fun--It's only paper.
Take a good look
Take a good look at the picture. What do you notice about the water, and the lightness or darkness of the colors? Now squint your eyes when you look. Squint real hard until the colors almost disappear. What you should see when squinting are abstract patterns of light and dark. Squinting is a useful trick to help you see areas of light and dark in anything you look at.
ASSIGNMENT I : Make your own version of my pencil value scale (on the left).
Assignment II: Thumbnail sketches
Thumbnail sketches are little sketches you do on scratch paper. The point of doing them is to work out the arrangement of values in your picture before doing the "real" drawing. You can play with ideas and take chances, without devoting a lot of time. Below are some thumbnail sketches I did based on this picture. Now it is your turn. do as many as you can--4 or more? Remember, these are just little sketches, a couple of inches by a couple of inches--no big deal. Relax, play with ideas. Have fun.