Creativity Workshops for Schools - Drawing

Creativity Workshop: Silhouette Sunset Tree

How do I make the Silhouette Sunset Tree?


* Draw a decorative tree with black marker.

* Be sure to draw a lot of branches that divides the background up in many smaller shapes.

* Colour in the tree with this black marker.

* Use NeoColour, crayons or colour pencil to colour in each shape (which forms the background) another colour.

* Colour in the background in the following order, to suggest a sunset:

* Yellow at the bottom, followed by orange, red, purple and blue.

Creativity Workshop: How to copy what you see

How do I draw what I see?


* Choose a simple picture of an animal of your own choice. This will be your reference image.

* Observe the picture’s format (size) and dimensions (is it a rectangle or a square etc.)?

* Draw the outlines of the picture’s format. Be sure to keep the proportions if you enlarge it.

* Cover your picture with a piece of see-through plastic such as cellophane.

* Draw a horizontal and vertical middle line over the picture, using a marker.

* Do the same for your picture that you are going to draw using light pencil lines. These will serve as general guide lines.

* This way you can easily compare where things are in the reference image and copy them accurately onto your own drawing.

* Now look at your reference image and see what basic shapes you can observe. (Squares, triangles, circles etc.)

* Outline them with your marker.

* Now observe where each of these basic shapes are in the picture (e.g. halfway into the second block, the head’s bottom ends etc.). Make corresponding

  marks onto your own drawing. This way you have a rough idea of where each body part begins and ends.

* Now draw the body parts in terms of basic shapes, onto your own drawing, using these marker line as a guide to keep your proportions and

  relations between the body parts and the parts in terms of the format.

* If you have made a mistake, first make the correction, then erase the mistake. Otherwise you will repeat the same mistake because you start from

  scratch every time.

* Now fill in the details of your animal and erase the guiding lines you don’t need or want any more.

* Now observe the colours used for each area and shape. Try and match them as close as possible.

* Also pay careful attention the direction of the mark, as well as the texture. This will make a better copy of the reference image.

Creativity Workshop: Night Drawing

How do I make the Night Drawings?


* Take a sheet of black paper.

* Think of everything that happens at night or things that tell you it is night time.

* Now draw a picture of all these things.

* Use oil pastel.

* The lighter colours work best. Stay away from the darker colours.

* Also consider how colours change at night time or how they are affected by artificial or dim light.

Creativity Workshop: Complimentary Colours Giraffe

How do I make the complimentary colours giraffe?



*Draw a giraffe on an A4-sheet of paper, using a permanent marker.

* Now draw lines across the design to divide the paper up in several blocks and shapes.

* Select a complimentary colour combination: red and green or blue and orange or yellow and purple.

* Use oil pastels or crayons.

* Select as many different variations of those two colours. For example light yellow, a warm yellow, a cool yellow, a saturated yellow and the same

  with the purple.

* Colour in the positive space (the giraffe, flowers and grass) with the one colour of the combination and the negative space (background) with the other.

* Blocks and shapes next to each other are not allowed to be the same colour.

* It is recommended to first do the positive space and then the negative, as things can get a bit confusing.

* Keep the selected pastels or crayons separate in containers to avoid confusion.


Next Level

* Upon completion, point out how the particular colour combination contrasts/ complements each other.

* Repeat this exercise using the remaining other two possible combinations and vary the theme and or medium.

* Upon completing three different projects, using the three different complimentary colour combinations, point out that it is now easy to quickly

  remember the three complimentary colour combinations.

* This new found knowledge can now be used in realistic shading in future projects.


Creativity Workshop: Scraperboard for Kids

How do I make a scraperboard for kids?



* Cover the surface of a sturdy piece of paper with oil pastel.

* Cover the oil pastel with baby powder or flour.

* Cover the entire sheet with only black oil pastel.

* Scratch out your picture using a toothpick.


Next Level:

*  Use the rainbow as a departure point as for the order of the colours and also a key as to how to mix secondary colours. It is helpful for when

   you want to teach them colour theory in future.

*  Draw an entire drawing using oil pastel and then follow step two and three.

*  Then Scratch out your image underneath, following the directionand curves of the drawing as to create a lovely new effect over it.

   (See giraffe example in image 5.)


Creativity Workshop: Cool/Warm Colour Animal

How do I make the Warm/Cool Colour Animal?



* Draw a simple animal outline on an A4 piece of paper, with a black marker.

* Make a scribble over the animal.

* Colour in the animal using only warm colours (red, pink, orange, yellow).

* Colour in the background using cool colours (blue, purple, green).

* Adjacent blocks should not be the same colour.

* The contrast between the colour schemes makes one see the animal clearly.

* I used oil pastel but crayons, paint or pencils will work just as fine.

* You can also do the colour scheme in reverse.


Creativity Workshop: Oil Pastel Scraperboard-Peacock

How do I make the Scraperboard Peacock?



* Cover the surface of a sturdy piece of paper with oil pastel.

* Cover the oil pastel with baby powder or flour.

* Cover the entire sheet with only black oil pastel.

* Scratch out your picture using a toothpick.


Creativity Workshop: Fish Line Drawing

How do I make the Fish Line Drawing?



* Take a sheet of A4-paper. It can be white or colour.

* Draw the basic outlines of three fish, using one colour only.

* Outline the borders of the sheet with the same colour.

* Be careful that the colours do not touch and mix.

* It is OK if the paper is slightly visible between the lines.

* Take another colour and follow the curve of the line of the previous colour.

* First outline the insides of the fish bodies and tails. Also the sheet’s border.

* Repeat this process with another colour and another colour etc.

* Repeat this process until there is no more space inside the fish.

* Then do the same to the outsides of the fish, working now toward the borders and from the borders.

* When one of the coloured lines meet a new object, follow that curve until the line ends.

* New, strange shapes will form due to the above.

* Continue filling these new shapes until there is not more space.

* You will end up with a psychedelic looking image that faintly resembles the fish in the beginning.

* It helps to develop control and get familiar with the medium.


Next Level:

* Repeat a particular order of colours and create a definite pattern or…

* Use the rainbow or colour-wheel as inspiration for a colour pattern. E.g. purple followed by red, orange, yellow, green, blue and finally purple again.


Creativity Workshop: Mushroom Garden/ Under the Sea

How do I make the mixed media

"Mushroom Garden” or “Under the Sea” drawing?



* Paint an A4-sheet of paper with green, pink and blue paint.

* Let this dry and serve as background for your picture.

* Explore the various shapes of mushrooms and/or sea creatures.

* Draw the mushrooms/ sea creatures using oil pastel or aquarelle pencils.

* You could outline the objects with a black marker first.


Creativity Workshop: Mixed Media and Oil Pastel Blending

How do I blend with oil pastel?



* Draw any picture with black marker.

* Do a shaving cream and acrylic print over it, to serve as the background. (Optional)

* Choose any colour to colour in an area.

* Select a colour that lies next to the chosen colour on the colour wheel.

* Use the one colour to outline the shape and the other to fill it.

* By easing the pressure on the pastel towards where the other colour should start, one can easily blend the two colours together in order to create a

  smooth and equal transition between the two.

* Embellish the picture with sequence or glitter, using glue to stick it down. (Optional)

* Please note that the glitter or sequence will not stick onto the oil pastel, only on the painted background.


Creativity Workshop: Scraperboard Blocks Workshop

How do I make the scraperboard blocks?



* Cut nine blocks of any size, out of a variety of coloured paper.

* Cover each block with a layer of oil pastel, different to the colour of the paper.

* Use a toothpick to draw designs on each block.

* Assemble all the blocks together and paste onto an A3.

Creativity Workshop: Fantasy Marker Garden

How do I make the Fantasy Marker Garden?



* Take one of the shaving cream and acrylic prints from a previous workshop.

* Use it as background for a fantasy garden picture.

* Do a short brain storming session to stimulate the imagination, about plants that exist and plants that do not exist. Refer to shapes, colours and functions.

* Take a black marker to plan and draw the outlines of the fantasy flowers and mushrooms in your garden.

* Use coloured markers to colour in the flowers and mushrooms.

* Be sure to colour in neatly and fill the shapes.

* Encourage colour blending and mixing.

* Encourage drawing big and detailed, as well as covering the entire page.

* Every time that the child announces that he or she is finished, guide self-reflection and encourage improvements such as adding colour or adding

  more objects.


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Important Notices

* Studio closes on the 16th of Dec.

* Workshops resumes on the 17th of Jan.