INSPIRED BY C. W. JEFFERYS – Line, Value, Contrast

Students create a drawing that expresses their own ideas in the style of C. W. Jefferys.

 

Required Time

120 Minutes

Grade Level

Grade 7 to Grade 9

Subject

Social Studies
Visual Arts

Vocabulary

contrast line pattern style value

Materials

Fine Line Markers - Black Drawing Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12") Pencils Erasers

Steps

INSPIRED BY C. W. JEFFERYS – Line, Value, Contrast - Step One

Step One

  1. Find or take a source picture to use for this drawing.
  2. Use pencil to lightly draw the main details of the picture.
INSPIRED BY C. W. JEFFERYS – Line, Value, Contrast - Step Two

Step Two

  1. Use a black fine line marker to complete the drawing.
  2. Draw in the style of C. W. Jefferys.
    - repeat lines and patterns to create different values
    - use contrast to make your drawing look 3-dimensional
    - add different patterns to add variety to the drawing
INSPIRED BY C. W. JEFFERYS – Line, Value, Contrast - Step Three

Step Three

  1. View your drawing from a distance to see it with fresh eyes.
  2. Squint your eyes to see the values and contrast.
  3. Notice how your eye moves through the picture plane.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  • identify characteristics of C. W. Jefferys' style;
  • create a drawing that expresses their own ideas in the style of C. W. Jefferys; 
  • use a variety of lines and patterns to create different values;
  • demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity; 
  • support their ideas with evidence found in the works.

Extensions

Have students:

  • research the life and career of C. W. Jefferys, or another Canadian artist of the same period;
  • organize their research into an electronic format to share with classmates;
  • compare the work of C. W. Jefferys with that of another Canadian artist of the same period;
  • create a 3-dimensional artifact to represent the artist they have researched;
  • create a display that explains why and how the artifacts represent the artists.

Prepare

  1. Prior to this lesson have students complete:
    Analyze A Historical Image – C. W. Jefferys worksheet to learn about Jefferys and the image. (Downloads - AnalyzeHistoricalImage.pdf)
    Draw in the Style of C. W Jefferys worksheet - one per student. (Downloads - DrawStyleJefferys.pdf)
  2. Download and display the Line, Pattern and Contrast posters available on this website.
  3. Provide time for students to take or find a photo to use as a source image for their drawing.

Introduction

  1. Discuss and record on a chart paper what students have learned about C. W. Jeffreys' style by completing the worksheets.
    - repetition of lines and patterns create different values 
    - contrast creates the illusion of depth 
    - different line patterns add variety to the drawing
  2. Review the importance of pressure when using a fine line marker.
    - the greater the pressure the thicker the lines
    - the closer the lines are together the darker the value
  3. Review and have students demonstrate how to create different values with lines and patterns.
  4. Introduce the challenge. 

Activities

The Challenge

  1. Identify characteristics of C. W. Jefferys' style.
  2. Create a drawing that expresses your own ideas in the style of C. W. Jefferys.
  3. Use a variety of lines and patterns to create different values.
  4. Demonstrate technical accomplishment and creativity.
  5. Support their ideas with evidence found in the works.

The Process

  1. Make sure everyone understands the challenge.
  2. Establish success criteria with your students, for example,
    I know I am successful when my drawing expresses my own ideas, and is influenced by C. W. Jefferys' style, for example:
    - repetition of lines and patterns create different values 
    - contrast creates the illusion of depth  
    - different line patterns add variety to the drawing
    - paper in good condition
  3. Guide students through the steps outlined in this lesson plan.
  4. Observe students as they work. 
  5. Provide individual assistance and encouragement.

Sharing

  1. Display the drawings as a body of work. 
  2. Ask them to gather in front of the display and discuss the things that are especially effective and why.
    Talk about:
    - what is interesting about the subject of the drawing
    - how the drawings show the influence of C. W. Jefferys
    - how they made the style their own
    - how they might use this style in other projects
  3. Ask students to tell how they felt about doing this project.

Assessment

  1. Observe students as they work – thoughtful focus, discriminating, seeking more information, elaborating, experimenting.
  2. Observe students as they discuss the paintings – active listening, insightful contributions, supporting ideas with evidence found in the artwork and from personal experience.
  3. Use a checklist to track progress. (Downloads – Jefferys_tracking.pdf)
  4. Have students use the self-assessment form to evaluate their work. (Downloads – InspiredByJefferys_self-assessment.pdf)