Exploring Art Media

Best Art Lessons for Home and School


Lesson 35 – Scratchboard

Drawing is the heart & soul of the creative process. From childish scribbles with a crayon to sophisticated renderings, drawing enriches our lives. Examples of drawing range from simple linear gestural sketches to detailed photo realism images. Most drawings are value studies without color elements. Ancient peoples discovered and used charcoal for their primitive cave art. Today's media include chalks, graphite, inks, crayons and paints. These are applied with pencils, pens, brushes and knives. Most drawings are rendered on white or toned paper, board or canvas.

Drawing is the foundation of most art activities. The process of drawing fulfills three distinct artistic needs. Fine-tuning observation skills gives the artist both reference material plus detailed visual information. The observer / artist becomes aware of art element relationships. Preliminary sketches are an important planning step in developing both 2nd or 3rd art pieces. "Thumbnail" (small) sketches help the artist perfect the work's design and composition. Drawings are the first layer of most paintings.

Drawing is both an enjoyable activity and the means toward creating a finished artistic expression.

This section will help the artist / student refine observation skills and develop drawing techniques. The lessons and projects explore and implement a varie1y of media and methods.

This section has 23 lessons including: Value Studies, Basic Shapes, and Texture Drawing.