Lesson Title: Contour Drawings
Lesson Code: Strand 2.1 Elements and Principles – Unit A Line – Level 1 – Lesson 1
Materials Needed: Choice of Medium small and Large paper Watercolor
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Do this Exercise: Draw 3 contour line drawings on paper with marker or ink. Draw slowly and try to include each subtle line change to detail the subject. Each image should be its own artwork. Choose challenging objects to draw that you can place in front of you on the table. You can also include your non dominant hand or use a self portrait mirror for a face.
Do This Project: A fun variation on contour drawing is to do a continuous line drawing. When you are creating your contour line drawing your challenge will be to not lift your drawing medium away from the paper when you are drawing your subject. As an exercise it is meant to help you connect what you are viewing to what you are drawing. Take your time and draw slowly. Try to follow every small change in angle and be creative with how you connect areas that don’t necessarily have a line connection if you could lift your medium from the paper. Draw your first couple of continuous line contour drawings on a regular sheets of printer paper as practice. Then when you are ready choose an interesting subject and draw it with wax or crayon on a large sheet of paper. Include as many details as possible without lifting your line creating tool. You can go back over the lines to ensure the wax or crayon is thick on the paper. Then use non local color to watercolor paint in all of the different shapes that your lines have created. Black ink may be applied over the top of the watercolor wash for effect.