Approaches to drawing

Drawing media

  • Hard and pointed biros, felt tip pens, handwriting pens, HB- 2B pencils, mapping pens and ink
  • Soft – pencil crayons, oil pastels, wax crayons, graphite sticks, 4B – 6B pencils
  • Smudgy – chalk, chalk pastels, charcoal, charcoal pencils
  • Wet – water soluble coloured pencils and crayons, water colour, powder and ready mix paint, inks, “Brusho” dye, thick and thin brushes (round and flat ended)

As drawing concerns mark making, almost anything could be included on this list – sand, clay, twigs, torn paper, thread/yarns, wire and computers! etc.

The educational catalogues offer a wide range of drawing media. A carefully chosen limited range from each category will offer the children a variety in their approach to drawing as they progress through school.

Papers – Free Art 80 – 120 gsm, pastel paper, cartridge paper, sugar paper (grey, buff, brown, olive, cream, black), water colour paper.
Paper generally will need to be A4/A3 but occasionally larger or smaller depending on what is to be drawn. It can be used either portrait or landscape according to the subject.

Drawing employs visual elements (line, tone etc.) to create images. The next section gives a number of suggestions for skill building activities that will encourage children to investigate, explore and experiment with these using a range of drawing media – plus extension work focusing on a range of stimulus material including the work of other artists.