“No shadow is black. It always has a color.”
~ Renoir

colourful apple

This lesson was useful rather than fun.  The goal was to learn to observe colour, and to teach the beginning student the use of colour for shadow, without resorting to black.

The younger students had a surprisingly difficult time mastering the shape of the apple, and for this reason I am inclined to ignore Mr Stebbings directive to always draw in colour pencil. Colour pencil is close to impossible to erase, and with the disheartening smudges left after several attempts to reach a product they were happy with, a lead pencil seems kinder.

After teaching this lesson with the Friday group, it was much smoother sailing and a fairly quick lesson for the Thursday group.  If you must lead a group of children for this activity, I highly recommend either doing the lesson first before attempting it with a group, or re-writing Mr Stebbings instructions into point form.  While the instructions are easy enough to follow,  they are difficult in the form presented when each child works at a different pace.

“When you go out to paint, try to forget what objects you have before you, a tree, a house, a field or whatever. Merely think here is a little square of blue, here an oblong of pink, here a streak of yellow, and paint it just as it looks to you, the exact color and shape, until it gives you own naïve impression of the scene before you.”
~ Monet