The project comes from our favourite art book of the moment, 52 Art Labs For Kids.
What You Need
- drawing paper
- white or shiny objects (e.g. kitchenware or bottles)
- kneadable eraser
- newspaper and a damp cloth to catch charcoal dust and wipe mucky hands
- (optional) fixer spray
What You Do
Step 1: Arrange your still life
Take a few moments to observe the lightest and darkest parts of the arrangement.
Step 2: Cover your paper with charcoal
Hold your charcoal on its side and rub it all over the paper, leaving a white border around the edges.
Step 3: Outline the objects
“Draw” a faint outline of the objects with your eraser.
Step 4: Draw the details
Continue with the eraser, filling in details of the lightest highlighted shapes.
Step 5: Deepen darker areas
Use charcoal to deepen darker areas and add shadows.
We were really pleased with how our compositions turned out.
The back of my mind, meanwhile, is contemplating how drawing with an eraser might be a useful metaphor for life. I’ll let you know when I’ve figured that one out!
For more creative ideas, visit Hobbies and Handicrafts at Highhill Education.