Learning to draw the features of a face: starting with a collaborative drawing activity
This was such a fun collaborative activity this week, breaking down the barriers to drawing and testing our observational skills.
We started the warm up exercise with ‘Blind Contour drawings’ a very funny task where we all draw each other without looking at the paper and not letting our pen leave the page, very tricky not to peek! We also created continuous line drawings using our non-dominant hand and drawing with both hands at the same time. This feels a little awkward but leads to some interesting marks, allowing them to draw with less restriction. For their final task they created a continuous-line self-portrait.
We then did some detail close up sketches of our facial features. Using chalk and compressed charcoal, alongside various other mark making materials. They began to observe and look closely at their eyes, studying their shape.
Unfortunately, as ever, we ran out of time and so didn’t create as many sketches of the features of the face as we had hoped. However the detailed work that they produced in the session was fantastic and we also had a lot of fun!