botanical LINE DRAWINGs
Students pick a fruit or vegetable. using only line, they describe the object from various perspectives. we look at scientific botanical drawings as examples and mimic this approach of describing and exploring the surface, edge, shape and inside of the natural object.

erased self portrait
students make a xerox of their face. Using this xerox as a starting point, they use an eraser on a charcoaled ground to reductively uncover a distorted self-portrait.  

line collecting
using a collection of strings, sticks and ribbons we collaboratively build an installation in the corner of the room. Using a viewfinder students choose a section of the installation to draw. The drawing is made with line and value, but the objects themselves are lines that overlap, Lean, wrinkle, curve and fold over one another! 

Lamp drawing
STUDENTS MAKE Two drawings of the same lamp. they are to use the lamp's own light source in one drawing and to use a different light source in the other drawing. Students experience the importance of controlling their light source and its effects on composition. this project helps students understand how form is represented with value. 

50 drawings of one object
students choose one object and draw it 50 times in as many different ways as possible. They are encouraged to explore different viewpoints, various materials, and multiple drawing methods. this is usually a midterm or final project and is meant to consolidate the various approaches we have learned throughout the semester. 

this is a homework project i have done in both basic Drawing and  figure drawing classes. I hand out a bic pen to each student and ask them to return with a drawing where they have used the entire contents of the bic pen. there are no rules and students can be as conceptual, experimental or traditional as they please.