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Sketching & Wire Sculptures in Art!

Sketching – Drawing Fruit and Vegetables

This term children have been focusing on learning to draw fruit and vegetables using one of the mastery of art and design techniques known as sketching. Artists use tone to create observational drawings. An observational drawing could be a portrait, architecture (buildings) or still life (bowl of fruit).

The children completed an observational drawing of a fruit following a series of step-by-step instructions. They also were taught how to achieve the correct shape, size and perspective when drawing still life. This followed on by introducing ‘Tonal Shading’ a technique which involves creating different tones using a HB pencil. The children demonstrated shading using light, medium and dark tones.

Wire Sculptures

The children have also been introduced to two important art concepts: line and space. Line is an instinctive and basic art concept. Line allows people to express ideas in a simple way and is the foundation of symbols. Another basic art concept is space. Many 2-dimensional works of art typically employ depth and perspective to create the illusion of 3-dimensional space. Once you start working in 3 dimensions you have entered the world of sculpture, which allows you to create objects in space.

The children have made some amazing freestanding 3-dimensional wire sculptures adding some colourful beads which allows children to make sense of the 3D lines that they have created. Through this the children have learnt the principles of line movement and repetition by creating vertically designed elements as well as use of problem-solving skills to achieve the balance and stability of a free-standing structure.


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