Project 7: Significant Object Charcoal Drawing
We own so much “stuff.” How much of it is really necessary? Students were presented with this situation: Your house is on fire. You, your family, and your pets get out safely. You have time to run back inside and choose 3 items to save from the fire. The rest of your possessions will burn to ashes. What 3 items would you choose and WHY? . . . Think about what objects in your life are most meaningful and important. What objects could you just go to the store and buy again? What objects are irreplaceable? They could have been given to you by someone special. It could be something from your childhood. Or maybe it is an object that has sentimental value.
Students were asked to bring in one of these three most important objects to draw from observation. By laying a solid gray value with vine charcoal students were able to work additively and subtractively. They used compressed charcoal to create dark values and contrast.