How can I show motion in my drawing?
You are challenged to create a drawing that illustrates movement using the eraser drawing technique.
- Recall prior knowledge
- Understanding the context
- Introduction to William Kentridge
- Module Assessment
- Additional Resources
Recall prior knowledge
- Why was England so interested in occupying South Africa in the early- to mid-1900's? Consider asking your World History teacher.
- How are gesture drawings different from renderings?
- How do charcoal and graphite differ?
Understanding the Context
The artist that inspires this lesson is from South Africa. He is highly influenced by the country's political and social history. The artist's artistic theme illustrates how he remembers growing up, especially one brutal incident on a non-white person.
Introduction to William Kentridge
Click on the following PBS Art:21 link, then click on the "continue reading" button to see the entire biography:
Use the above information on Apartheid, William Kentridge biography, and the two short videos to respond to this module assessment at
- Module Assessment link http://lornebrandt.polldaddy.com/s/william-kentridge-eraser-drawing
- Brainstorm different concepts that could work with your theme. Research how other artists might have used your concept.
- Although it is preferable to draw from life so that you can get enough detail and reflect objects in your life, you may use found images so long as you do not violate copyright laws.
- Create several compositional studies that help to allow for movement. Make sure your dominant subject matter is large enough to show detail; minimize unnecessary background.
- Charcoal does not erase entirely. Practice drawing with charcoal and erasing it so that it becomes a ghost image.
- Obtain a piece of paper or support that is at least 11" x 17" in size. Bristol board is suggest, though you may get creative with this as well.
- Create a background before drawing your "moving" subject matter
- Draw the moving subject matter once then erase only the part that will change.
- Repeat this process at least one more time leaving at least two prior positions
- Consider using an accent color to enhance your piece.
- 11" x 17" or larger
- demonstrates at least three phases of movement: beginning, middle, and ending position.
- demonstrates the eraser drawing technique