This first drawing is a doodling assignment where students were to trace their hands three times on their paper, then for the rest of the duration of class, create patterns, doodles, scribbles, etc. in the negative space of the design. The challenge is to be creative for what may seem a long period of time for some.
In this second drawing, students learned that one way of drawing a landscape is to break the design to three sections, the foreground, middle ground, and the background. As a collaborative assignment, students lightly drew lines to separate the three sections and then for the first 10 minutes drew whatever idea they had for a landscape by only developing the foreground. After the time passed, the students (and their teacher) traded their pictures and then for another 10 minutes developed the mid ground. Again, after time passed we traded pictures and developed the background. Finally, after the time passed, we came back to our original picture and finished developing it for the remainder of class. In this picture I wanted to show that students didn't have to limit themselves to just drawing a barn on a hill with trees, but that they could do anything that came to mind. As you can tell, they had a lot of fun continuing my sci-fi idea.
In this third design, we discussed still life, collage and using mixed media. I walked them through the process of the assignment as we started the background with lots of graphite shading, then drawing a variety of objects in oil pastel. I drew a bunch of example that they could use in their designs but told them that they could use whatever came to mind in their work. After the objects were drawn we cut them out and pasted them onto the background. Then we added more color to the window and to the objects as desired.
One thing I enjoy about these classes is that I am able to work in media that I don't normally get to use in my own personal work. I think it keeps my creativity fresh, and hopefully carries over to my other work.