My freshman drawing students this semester currently have an exhibition in the first floor gallery of the Waterman building at RISD. The exhibition features one week homework drawings from the “Texture” assignment I give the second week of class. Read more below.
DRAWING – SECTIONS 1 & 9
This one week homework assignment asked students to choose a single inanimate object. The primary objective of the assignment was to observe and investigate the surface texture of the inanimate object, and then to create a drawing in response to the object’s texture. Students worked with lithographic crayons and lithographic rubbing ink on 48″ x 36″ paper. These lithographic drawing tools are traditionally used in printmaking to create lithographs, a printmaking process where the lithographic crayon and rubbing ink is drawn directly on the surface of a limestone, and then processed and printed on a press. Students explored the range and unique characteristics of the lithographic supplies, pushing, layering, scraping, and smudging the crayon across the surface of the paper.