Slideshow of some preliminary illustrations by my talented Art West students.
During our first assignment, we investigated observation/seeing as a Way of Knowing. For that assignment, students used a newly learned glazing method of watercolour paint to illustrate the subtleties that light and colour cast on a folded, white sheet of paper.
For the assignment shown above, students used india ink for the first time to work purely from memory as a different Way of Knowing. Students chose stories or legends from their childhood that were personally or symbolically significant, and made illustrations that could accompany the text of those stories.
Our next assignment will combine both of the Ways of Knowing above with innovation and creative exploration to create larger-scale collaborative illustrations on a theme of the student's choosing. In these illustrations, students will investigate how contemporary artists establish illustration as a Fine Art by making drawings that stand alone as imagery and are not reliant on text or commercial connection.