Theres nothing better than learning the fundamentals of drawing and working with a new media by using a traditional still life! With great apple prices before break, the Art I students and I discussed setting up an interesting composition in our first step- our drawing.
The students drew lightly, focusing on space and placement. I always make sure my kids are aware of making a drawing interesting through cropping and off centering
We warmed up with watercolor next by practicing with layers of colors to form darker layers and maintain highlights. We created swatches of values for color mixing, practiced with salt and alcohol for added texture, and eventually practiced one apple on a separate paper and incorporated the
Many had a tendency to overwork their apple with their first start to using the paint. I find my best results are by constant process over product. Although its tedious and takes up a lot of time away from working, the outcome is so much more appreciated. The students learned from their warm up to work very lightly
throughout their final composition page, moving from apple to apple. We are able to let areas dry before working over it again, as well as see what areas are further away that need more versus another for a better perspective of space. What a beautiful turnout!