Before I began with the spoon making sessions, I wanted to start a drawing club every evening at 4.30 for around an hour. I’ve held 4 sessions with the children so far and they seem to be enjoying it and making pleasing progress as regards to skill level. I began by teaching them different techniques of drawing, a bunch of skills I learnt during my Foundation Year in Carmarthen School of Art and progressed further at Goldsmiths University.
I asked the children to pair up and face each other either side of the table, I then proceeded by explaining to them that drawing is 80% looking at the object and 20% on the paper, by demonstrating this I requested them to draw each others faces by not looking at the paper at all, drawing continuously with out letting the pencil leave the paper and timing them down from 5 minute to 10 seconds to help them suggest facial profiles quicker. The aim of this session was to inform that detail isn’t always important, its about getting information onto a piece of paper.
I also taught the children how to draw with the body, holding the pencil differently either with the chosen drawing hand or using other parts of the body, such as toes, elbows, mouth and chin. This was a fun session and the children seemed to of adapted very quickly to using new parts of the body to hold the pencil and draw. I later challenged them to draw a picture of a house and informed them the harder the technique the more points the individual will get to winning a prize for the best drawing.
After a ‘still life’ drawing club session I assigned the children with some homework. After demonstrating to them how to create 3D drawings I encouraged them to transfer these skills elsewhere e.g. draw either a landscape, a selection of objects handpicked and placed together or even a figure such as an animal or machine. To help them concentrate and give the task 100% of their effort, I offered to award the winner of the best drawing a prize.