Art Lessons Homeschooling

Learning the Art Basics: Lesson Three – Exploring Charcoal

This lesson took Lillie a little bit longer to complete because she enjoyed working with Charcoal so much.  I shall just let her note book do the speaking as she has to annotate all her work (in fact, I believe the annotation is as important as the art 🙂  )

The first thing she did was explore the values of the different types of charcoal.  Learning about the values has revolutionised Lillie’s approach to art and has really helped her drawings come out more accurately:

She included the study of values she did during a lesson with Creating a Masterpiece before moving on to drawing some universal shapes with the charcoal:

She finds the universal shapes quite hard so was pleased to move on to something else – making her own charcoal ink!  She experimented with some mark making exercises as well as completing another Creating a Masterpiece lesson by using her home made ink to draw a Cardinal Bird:

Next, Lillie studied up on Escher and his use of tessellations.  I had found a picture of The Sky and we discussed the use of values in changing the perception of what we saw.  She attempted to reproduce The Sky and did a great job, I think!

Next up I took a photo of the twins and Lil attempted a continuous contour drawing.  She HATED this, although it is meant to improve drawing skills and observation skills so I think she will be trying this again:

The very last thing she did, before doing the required still life, was a quick study of modern artist Judith Braun.  Braun creates huge murals made just using charcoal dust and her finger tips.  It was a fascinating learning experience for both of us.  Lillie then created some dust by grinding some charcoal into a fine powder and practiced some mark-making in the style of Braun:

Then it was onto the more serious part of the lesson, the still life.  She collected things that meant something to her and built a still life:

She took a photo and printed it, played around with Ribbet a bit and printed off another version in black and white (to help her capture some of the true values) and also one in ‘pencil effect’ to use to do an up side down drawing, before using her charcoal to create her final piece:

All in all a very good study.

She uploaded all her work and sent it off to be marked by her tutor, receiving 100% for it.  We might both be just a little bit happy about that 🙂

6 comments on “Learning the Art Basics: Lesson Three – Exploring Charcoal

  1. rawsonjl

    She did such a wonderful job! I have always hated painting/drawing faces myself. Any object I am totally fine with but people.. ugh! it’s so hard.

    • Oh, I’m the same. We have lesson coming up all about portraiture which I think will be great for both of us!

  2. She did a marvelous job! I agree, working with charcoal is quite fun, though messy. I’m just imagining the laundry the mural artist has to do.

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  5. Such an informative post. I just started experimenting with charcoal and graphite. This is really helpful post.
    Thanks for sharing

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