Lesson 11 was fun to share with the kids because it was a new unknown medium to them. CHARCOAL. (available here-- Download Art11-Carcoal) For our lesson we pulled out some ashes/charred wood from the fireplace and talked about the marks that it makes. Making our own cave drawings w/ the charcoal pieces. We talked about early cave drawings, and how even with the most basic materials (charcoal and rocks) early humans felt the need to express themselves and their world through art. We watched a couple YouTube videos- (THIS one is inspiring) then we talked about Michelangelo's "Study of a Man Shouting" and how it captures emotion through details and shading. I had them research the history of Ernst Barlach and them look up his 1928 'sef-portrait'. We talked about his emotions and how he may have felt when creating it then we compared his self-portrait to their own self-portrait from last week's lesson.
I had an amazing artist friend (THANKS Arla!) of mine come share with the kids how to use charcoal. She explained to them the differences between med./soft/ex. soft pencils, she taught them how to use a charcoal eraser and how to get different shade of black depending on how hard you push or blend. She showed them how to just work and not erase over and over again and she talked about being proud of the work that you do.
For this week's assignment we had the kids use a still life object (rose) and draw it using depth and shadow. They practiced on a separate paper just to get a hang of the charcoal and then went to town. It was messy but worth it. They loved having someone new to share their work with and being inspired by their work. It was nice to have someone else teaching them and giving them tips. They are begging for her to come back for next weeks art lesson.
Thanks again, Arla. You're a saint and we loved having you join us.
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