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Learning Experiences Outside the Classrom
Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts
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Te Tuhi pre-visit lesson 1
Welcome to drawing outside the line
During the next few lessons we will be exploring…
Lets start this lesson by exploring
“Drawing as we know it”.
What is drawing? And where did it come from?
What is drawing?
Drawing is a way to make visual art. To create a drawing you only need to make a mark on a surface.
Cave drawings and paintings are thought to be the earliest forms of drawing but no one really knows exactly when the first drawing was made.
Drawing is a way to visually reflect and capture the world around us.
This may include people, animals, landscape and sea, anything the person drawing would like to capture and remember.
Drawings like these cave drawings help show what the world may have looked like many years ago.
1998-99 Charcoal, pastel,
pencil on paper
1897 Pencil and paper
New ways of drawing started to arise.
Over time drawing began to change, even the materials people were using to draw were different.
1512 red chalk on paper
1940 comic drawing
2008 computer drawing
But how small or big can a drawing be?
They all have marks that curve, connect
and line up to create a drawing.
So far we know all of these art works
Here are just a few large scale drawings…
Artists from around the world have moved from creating drawings on paper to drawings the size of walls.
This talented artist, who is also autistic, created this
cityscape of New York all from memory.
This artist made their kitchen more lively by drawing
a cityscape in felt on the kitchen walls and cupboards.
Artist So LeWitt uses black paint to create thick
lines that stand out from the large white wall.
Artist Yosuke Goda creates intricate drawings in
Felt that wrap around, under and on top of us.
Artists still draw on paper, but as seen in this picture
they are much bigger and create quite an impact.
What about small drawings? How small can they get?
Let’s use this pen to measure and see how small
this picture actually is…
But how small is this drawing?
This drawing was made on a matchbox and is even smaller than the last drawing we saw, measuring at 5.2cm high by 3.8cm wide!
Here is a landscape colour pencil drawing.
You can see the artist has gone to much effort to show
detail in the buildings and a range of colour in the trees.
The artist has used light and dark shades
to show detail in the drawing.
This drawing is only 6cm high and 9cm wide!
Smaller than the black pen
Here is a pencil drawing on a piece of card.
But how small is it?
Here is a portrait drawing made from ink on paper.
The artist has used few colours in their drawing and minimal shading, making the drawing appear very flat with little depth.
This ink drawing is a tiny 2.5cm high and 2.5cm wide!
This graphite pen drawing with all its detail is only
2.6cm high by 3.6cm wide!
But how small is this drawing?
But how big is this drawing?
It is the smallest drawing out of all the small
drawings we have seen.
The artist has given a gloomy look with most of the drawing
covered in dark shades and tones and few areas with light.
Here is a landscape drawing made with
graphite pen on board.
As we have seen, drawing has been
around for a very long time…
Let’s recap on what we have learnt so far…
What have we learnt so far?
End of lesson