Temescal Canyon High School

Advanced Painting and Drawing 

Soft Pastel

Drawing

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Project Introduction

Sketchbook Entries

Peer Review

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The Project:

The Soft (Chalk) Pastel drawing is a project used as a step to an acrylic painting completed in a traditional method or series of steps. This step teaches students to enlarge a drawing using the grid technique. The media is also a good introductory tool to mixing and using color much like color is used in painting.

A Sample:

The first of these two samples is actually a graphite drawing a student completed in his sketchbook. This drawing is 9 inches wide and 12 inches tall. The second of these two drawings is 18 inches wide and 24 inches tall making it twice as wide and twice as tall as the original drawing.

The second drawing also shows a strong use of the new media, Soft Pastels, and their creative potential.

The Objectives:

Through this project students will attempt to show a strong understanding of the skills listed:

  1. Grid Enlarging- students must try to match the proportions of the original drawing with great exactitude.
  2. Value Key- students must match the value (lightness and darkness) of the original drawing using color and the new media.
  3. New Media- students must exploit the potential pastels offer for immediacy and color.