I love, love, LOVE the work of American artist Ed Ruscha. His paintings are sublime and his word ribbon drawings are pure perfection and the perfect starting point for an observational drawing project.
|Ed Ruscha, Quit, 1967 , Gunpowder and colored pencil on paper Image Source|
I used the fantastic lesson plan found here on the Incredible Art Department website.
Grade 10 students chose a word(s), in any language, and then constructed them out of strips of heavy white paper.
Then they hot glued them to a sheet of white paper.
Then we lit them with a lamp and the students drew them directly from observation. They had to include a tiny object that somehow subtly related to their chosen word(s).
|The shadow figure was collaged on.|
|"Agape" is Greek for "love"|