Sunday, September 17, 2006

Back to school

Last week I had the pleasure of hosting two days worth of drawing lessons at a primary school near my hometown. I travelled back there specifically to teach some kids how fun drawing and cartoons can be- and boy did I have fun!

With some help from my uncle Wallace I was able to go through some of the fundementals of drawing with every class in the school and with particular focus on 'fun.'

The kids got to draw caricatures of themselves, have 'relay' racing drawing contests, learn how to hold a pencil properly, learn how to use coloured pencils properly, use charcoal, draw from life (including a dead duck) , use ink and brush and watch a true pro at work.

As you can see, I was able to exploit the kids by forcing my characters on to them. Black Hole and Sydney were drawn any chance I could. I also let the kids yell out their favourite cartoon characters and I tried my best to draw them.

During my two days there I was also asked to produce three works that the school could hang in the office in memy of my holy visit. I based my drawings on the two simple shapely characters (a mouse and clown) that we taught the kids to draw, as well as the stuffed duck I mentioned earlier.

Above: The finished mouse character, based on a student's ideas and using the coloured pencil layering technique.

Special thanks to Wallace for making this all possible, and the school for inviting me with open arms. I hope to return to the school again one day, and maybe even make a habit of school visits elsewhere.


Anonymous Tillie said...

Hey Ist, WOWza! When I came on here for the first time in months just to have a scratch around at what i formerly worshipped i never hoped to find something quite so inspired. It's truely a great thing you did there and congrats on the neat noticeboard sign - i can't believe i didn't even notice it! Anyways, keep up the top effort and i hope all is going well. i bet you put some big smiles on some little kid's faces. =)

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