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Art & Design home learning project

Year 7, 8, 9 Drawing Project 1 Autumn Term 2009

My project overview:

Over the course of year 7 I am going to learn lots about basic drawing techniques and have the chance to develop my drawing skills. Each term I will look at different aspects of drawing before putting all of these skills into project pr practice in June where I am going tto make a large final drawing

The biggerReferences picture‌ Critical & Contextual in Art


Autumn term

September to December

In this term you will be learning about the basic drawing techniques looking at the correct pencils to use, tonal drawing, shading, shape and mark making.


Spring term project



January to April


Summer term project



May to July

In this terms project, you will be putting all of your skills learnt so far this year together to draw groups of objects. The final piece of work will involve you making a large A3 size drawing.

In this terms project, you will be learning about texture, perspective, composition, and reflection. You will also be discovering the different types of words and their meanings used in the art world.

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Hand in date: Guidance for students: • You should spend around 25 hours on this project over the term which you have been given to complete this project in, the hand in date is in December. • Make sure you read through this booklet first before you start! • Try to complete one section each week – DO NOT LEAVE IT ALL UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!!!! • Bring this booklet into class with you to every Art lesson, you teacher will be checking your progress regularly over the term.

Guidance for parents: The idea behind this home learning project is to encourage pupils to work at home and develop independent learning skills outside of the classroom. Where possible pupils should complete work by themselves with only guidance from parents, doing the work for them will not help to develop their skills further. Pupils will need a basic range of pencils to complete the tasks in this booklet. Help and equipment are available to all pupils during the extra curricular art clubs held each week in school. Page 2.

Week by week task List

Tick when finished

By the end of week 1 you should have completed: Tasks: 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d &1e.

By the end of week 2 you should have completed: Tasks: 1f, 1g &1h.

By the end of week 3 you should have completed: Tasks: 1i, 1j, 1k &1L.

By the end of week 4 you should have completed: Tasks: 1m.

By the end of week 5 you should have completed: Task: 2.

By the end of week 6 you should have completed: Tasks: ‘My mark’ sheet assessing all of you work and also you need to set your self a SMART target. Also the back page needs completing.

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How will my work be marked? You will receive 2 marks for this project, the first a level indicating what standard you have achieved and the second will be a an effort grade, A – outstanding effort, B – Excellent effort, C – Satisfactory effort, D – Poor effort & E – Unsatisfactory effort. You will be marked on your presentation, observational drawing skills and the evaluation. See below to find out what you have to do to gain each of the levels!

Starter Task:

Look at your

hand for 10 seconds, then place your pen on the starting point, close your eyes and try to draw your hand with out looking. Do not take your pencil off the page until you have finished!

Starting Point

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Task 1. Using the right pencil. 1a. Ever wondered what the numbers mean on pencils? Graphite pencils come in different grades of softness and hardness, the numbers show how hard or soft the graphite is. HB is a standard writing pencil, 2B is a good all-rounder drawing pencil, but there are lots of different grades Each of the squares below is labelled with a different grade of pencil. Shade in each box with its grade of pencil.









1b. Fill in the diagram using the pencil grade labelled in each section.

1c Tone. In the box first set of boxes, add shade or tone from light to dark, starting with lightest on the left to darkest on the right. You can choose which grade of pencil to use.

Page 5 Which grade of pencil did you use? ………….

To do well…

make each square just a little bit darker so there is not a big jump from one to the


1d. In this set of boxes add shade or tone from dark to light to dark again. Make sure the change from light to dark is even. You can choose which grade of pencil to use.

Which grade of pencil did you use? ………….

To do well…

Make sure there is no big jump in tone and try and get each square even not scribbley.

1e. In the box below draw a round piece of fruit. Use what you have learned about grades of shading to make the fruit look 3D or life like.

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To help an object look real or 3D you need to give it a shadow. If you don’t, your object will look like its floating about. Think about where the light source is coming from in your drawing, then add some shading on the ground where the object would cast its shadow. The shadow will be darkest closer to the object and lighter the longer the shadow is. The lightest part of your fruit will be the part closest to the light source.

To do well‌ Fill the square with your drawing and get your shading smooth not scribbley

1f. Draw a basic shape of a mug. Use a plain mug, not one with lots of pattern on it. Put it in a place where you have the light coming from the left hand side. Start with a centre line, draw a cylinder with the sides parallel to the centre line then draw in the top and bottom using ovals and then draw in the handle. You now have a ‘skeleton’ shape that you can add shading or tone too to make it look 3D.

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Now rub out the centre line, and the part of the bottom circle you can’t see when you look at the real mug. Use a 2B pencil to add tone or shading to the mug. Look carefully at your mug to get all the shadows, reflections and highlights accurate. For the lightest sections you could leave the paper white.

To do well… Make sure you have a range of tone, from very dark to very light.

Draw your mug here.

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1g. Mark making - Make a 'library of marks,' in the boxes below. Fill each box. Do this

by using a pencil (you can use different grades, but make a note of which ones you use) to create as many different marks as possible. It can be difficult at first but just experiment with using the pencil. You can smudge mark with your fingers if you like to create new and interesting effects. If you're stuck for ideas, wander around with your book looking for interesting surfaces (not shapes and forms) to try and re-create just using a pencil. Here are some examples:

To do well‌ try lots of different marks, hold your pencil differently to usual, use your left hand be experimental!

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1h. Just for fun! Draw a dog using your thumb.

Draw your dog here

1i. Line – in the box below, draw a fork and two spoons in line only. This is a drawing without shading. Arrange them in whatever composition you like.

To do well‌ only use line, no tone. To make your objects look more real, vary the thickness and

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darkness of your pencil lines; darker and thicker for dark areas, lighter and thinner for lighter areas.

1j. Now draw the same fork and two spoons using line but do not take your pencil off the paper. This is called continuous line drawing.

1k. In the box below draw a picture of an object or collection of objects from in front of you that shows lots of lines. For example you could place a bunch of dry spaghetti in front of you or make a drawing from twigs and branches taken from a tree. Can you think of your own object rather than using one of our examples? Add tonal shading to your drawing to complete it!

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1l. just for fun, draw the beetle in the box below

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1m. End of term challenge!!!

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Use the box below to make a drawing of a group of an opened sweet or chocolate bar. Remember to use all of the skills you have learnt so far in this project looking at tone, line, shape and mark making. There are two examples on the right to give you an idea of what to do, don’t copy these, we want to see a different drawing below!

My teachers Mark Page Page 14 Observational drawing: Observational drawing:

Mark out of 10

Converted Level

Any additional comments

Converted Level

Any additional comments

Converted Level

Any additional comments

Mark making:

Mark out of 10

Tone and Shading:

Mark out of 10

Imagination & creativity:

Mark out of 10

Converted Level

Any additional comments

Overall I achieved a Level:

My Effort grade is

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Use this page to mark your own work. If you think that you have been successful in one of the areas listed below then write a ‘S’’ next to it. If you think that it is a weakness of yours then write a ‘W’ next to it, this is called assessment for learning. Finally, set your self a SMART target to improve one of you weak areas! SMART = Specific. Measurable. Achievable. Realistic. Timed. I am marking my self on: Using the correct pencil: How well have I understood what effects the different shades of pencils can give? How well have I used this in my drawings?

Tonal drawing:

Do I understand what tonal drawing is? How well have I used tone in my drawings?


Do I understand what shading is? How well have I used shading in my drawings?


Do I understand what shape is? How well have I used shape in my mug / end of term drawings?

Mark making: Do I understand what mark making is? How well have I used marks in my drawings?

Line: Do I understand what line is? How well have I used line in my drawings?

End of term drawing challenge: Did I do well in this drawing? Did I use all of the new skills learnt in this project?

Time keeping: Have I completed

Is it a strength (S) or a weakness (W) of mine?

and handed my project in on time?

My SMART Target is: _______________________________

Art words and their Meanings:

Below you will find many words which are used in your art lessons Page 17 back in school. You need to write down the meanings of each work shown in black boxes below, you can use a dictionary to help you!





Symmetry Texture





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Congratulations on finishing your project Use the box below to create your own ‘Warm Fuzzie’ like the one above, how can you customise it to make it different, could you add sunglasses, a cap, some jewellery etc?

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