Challenge your students with their texture drawings by first practicing to draw what they see! This five page .pdf is a great drawing activity allowing students to experiment with drawing textures while using their artist pencils, as well as using artist spray fixative. This challenge was designed for 10th thru 12th grade students or beginning post-secondary art students. The goal is to have them try to eliminate the white boxes completely!
This .pdf is best printed (landscape) 1-sided on 8.5 x 11 card stock with a little bit of tooth. I have tried using both regular laser printer paper and card stock and the card stock works better; however, if you are in a pinch - you can print this on regular laser paper, but your students will first need to spray this handout with workable fixative. If using card stock, they will still need to spray with workable fixative to cover the ink that is already there. I do not suggest using organic fixative (in the pump) as this will make the paper too wet and it will wrinkle.
Don't have spray fixative or a spray booth? (I know some art teachers/professors are cringing when I say this...) But, just use a can of dollar store hairspray! You just need a light layer of adhesive to cover the ink and build more tooth in the paper. If you must use hairspray...try to get the cheapest with no added oils, moisturizers or perfumes.
Materials Students Need:
- This Drawing Textures Hand Out
- Drawing Pencils (Preferably HB-6B)
- Artist Workable Fixative (Alternative: Hairspray)
- Blending Tools (Stumps and Tortillians work great!)
- Erasers (kneaded works well!)
- White Charcoal Pencil or Colored Pencil
Great paper for this assignment that can be printed from an inkjet or laser printer can be found here...
Amazon.com - Neenah Cardstock
*Please note that the preview of this .pdf is low resolution; however, the original is 300dpi and prints very nicely.