Friday, February 1, 2013

Leopard Drawing Demonstration Class

This week I gave a drawing demonstration class to a group of 11 year olds. We used the Shape Method. I broke the subject up into shapes, for example, the head is a circle, the ears are triangles with soft edges and so on. The class really enjoyed it and stayed focused for the 1 hour session.

 I demonstrated using charcoal and the class used pencil to draw. They then filled in the detail such as dark areas and dots with black tempura. The paint was just too messy for some students and so I suggested that they just stick to pencil if they did not want to use the tempura.

It is quite an interesting experience to demonstrate to a class of 30 students under the age of 12. The main challenge was to draw the leopard so that it looked proportional. At such a large scale and directly in front of me made it hard to judge the proportions of the leopard, so I had to walk to the back of the classroom to check if it looked right. I wanted them to see that it could be done and that kept their confidence up. The other difficulty comes in because it was in front of a large group of students with a limited amount of time and I am used to drawing quietly, alone in my room and at my own pace. I do enjoy a challenge, so it was not a problem at all.

It was a lovely surprise to see such great drawings from the class. They were all so enthusiastic and kept trying to get me to comment on their art. I could see that they were enjoying the class a lot, so that was amazing!  I will definitely go back for more demonstrations. <3 Quaymberley