This Power-point presentation includes 104 slides and even more images to help your students learn how to draw a still life in reverse (white on black). How to do this with both scratchboard and using white colored pencil on black paper are addressed. The presentation begins with “What is a still life?” and shows numerous examples throughout arts’ history. Notable artists include, Dali, Picasso, Cezanne, Monet, Escher and more. The next section illustrates organizational principles and what makes a good and poor composition. View-finders, the rule of thirds, balance, the inclusion of foreground, middle ground and background, and more are explained visually an in margin notes. Warm-up activities, value scales, and how to start are all addressed. Professional examples and plenty of student examples help the students to see the variety of approaches and the amazing possibilities in these media. The goals and criteria for the project are outlined and the elements and principles of design being used are highlighted. There are links to scratchboard videos, pictures of different works of art shown step by step in process, tips and tricks, tools and even modern technologies for creating a value reversal still life. I trust you and your students will enjoy this wealth of information, and thorough examination of the still-life drawing process. I’ve done this project for years, and this presentation is the culmination of my best practices for a successful reversed still life. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I and my students do. Thanks!
-Bo (The Art Guru)