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Glass still life project

Website Building Application

Questions to ask yourself:

How do artists determine what resources and criteria are needed to formulate artistic investigations?

What criteria are considered when selecting work for presentation?

What can we learn from our responses to art?

How is art used to impact the views of a society?

Glass Still Life

GOAL: Accurate rendering of highlights and values from glass, in white colored pencil on black paper


1. Choose a good spot in front of the still life where you can see vivid highlights and an interesting composition.

2. Create 4-5 thumbnails showing different points of view.

3. Choose one of your thumbnail sketches.  Working no larger than 11"x14" (with a 1/2" border), lightly render your still life on tissue paper using an H pencil.  Rework the drawing until it accurately represents the view you have directly observed.  A kneaded eraser works well to eliminate unwanted lines.  

4. On the back side of the tissue paper, go over your lines with white pastel.  Lightly brush off any excess pastel dust.

5. LIGHTLY tape the tissue paper on the black drawing paper.  

6. Using a sharp white colored pencil and using moderate pressure, trace over your lines.  This creates an outline on the black paper.  When you are done tracing your lines, gently remove the tracing paper from the black drawing paper.  Using a swiffer wand, lightly brush off any loose pastel that has remained on the black paper.  Stubborn pastel can be lifted off with a kneaded eraser.

7. Using white colored pencil, draw out the composition using a wide range of values.  Impressed/burnished lines will create the brightest highlights.  Varying pencil pressure will help you gradually build up the white values.

Work to be handed-in:

1. 4-5 thumbnail sketches

2. Final art for Glass Still Life, size 11"x14" with a 1/2" border

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