Here are my visual notes from the TEDx Sydney Conference for 2015. This was my first time attending, all of the speakers were incredible and I spent most of the day writing and drawing, you can easily ascertain which speakers were amongst my favourites from the amount of notes created from their talks.
In this casual lesson I was tasked with a life drawing lesson for Year 8 students. Three life drawing scenes were set up using pots, flowers, plants, books and assorted ornaments. The class divided into three groups and each group sat around each scene for a portion of the lesson.
For the first drawing students were given 10 minutes to do a continuous line drawing of the scene they were looking at in pencil, groups rotated around the room to look at one another's drawings, then resumed their groups at the next set up to do a 15 minute drawing in their own style of drawing paying attention to shading and detail. Students
The third drawing resulted in the images above. Students were given oil pastels in a limited palette of colours and asked to focus on the shapes of the forms they were looking at. They were given 30 minutes for this drawing. Limiting the palette of colours used made for these beautiful forms. I advised students to express the light using light colours from their limited palette, and shadows with darker colours. I gave them white oil pastels at the end to use to express reflections on glass, beams of lights hitting the objects and students used a lovely, thick white oil pastel stick to blend their colours as well.
In this lesson students are introduced to the work of Gerogia O'Keeffe with a focus on Cow's Skull: Red, White, and Blue. Looking at the Structural Frame students describe Georgia O'Keefe's work using The Elements and Principles of Design.
Students then create their own Georgia O'Keeffe inspired work. Using pencil, felt tip pens and acrylic paint. They redraw one of O'Keefe's work in pencil, then go over with black felt tip pen, then use acrylic paints to create a gradient of colour to white.