Monday, November 1, 2010

Light Source #2

This week I start with a new group of students -- 4th graders.  They will be starting with the bamboo cylinder lesson that I posted earlier, with emphasis on light source and glass artist, Dale Chihuly.  I have the kids use a little icon of light to remind themselves where the highlights and shadows will be.

During this study of light source, kids who finish their cylinders early have a chance to choose apples, gourds, pumpkins, etc. to try pencil studies.  I just cut some 5" X 5" donated scratch paper and let them experiment away!  I always find I have to remind children to actually look at the object and draw what they see.  With little ones there is often the inclination to work fast and forget to look up at their still life!!  Since we have limited time together, I am hoping kids will try this at home.


  1. Very simple but useful lesson. I find that the children want to skip that little step of pencilling in a light source icon (good name for it), but then their shadows wander all over.

  2. Thanks. I have found it has made a HUGE difference in the results!!