Monday, 6 August 2012

Figure Drawing Workshop-Blind Contour Drawing

This is a previous post I wrote back in March after the Art Education Student Association drawing workshop.  Recently, some of my own students were introduced to blind contour.  The kids found their results hillarious and it turned out to be a great ice breaker activity-just make sure each student is ok with having someone else draw their portrait. 

AESA's figure drawing workshop began with an exploration of blind contour drawing.  Blind contour is a method of drawing that involves drawing the contour of your subject while not looking at your paper.  For the workshop each participant found a partner and had 5 minutes to draw their partner's face.  The key to blind contour drawing is to draw one continous line in a slow and steady manner without lifting your pencil from the paper.  While the drawings produced may seem more akin to scribbles, blind contour drawing does help students to draw more realistically, since it trains students to focus on all the details of their subject.  I have also found that blind contour drawings are full of character, can be a good classroom icebreaker, and can ease students' anxiety of not being able to draw realistically.

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