Ansel Adams’ black and white landscape photographs of Yosemite and the West are the inspiration
for this project. Students will sketch on drawing paper with a pencil and Sharpie marker. Using
observational drawing techniques and resource sheets, they will practice identifying shapes, lines,
texture, and colors in an Ansel Adams photograph and translate them to a sketch. Once students
have mastered the techniques, they will move to another paper and sketch another Adams
landscape. To enhance the sketches, black water-soluble pencil and watercolor pencils will be added.
• Introduce students to American photographer Ansel Adams.
• To recognize the beauty and drama in a work of art without bright colors.
• Develop skill in observation while learning a variety of drawing techniques.
Drawing: The art or technique of representing an object or outlining by means of lines. A drawing is a
more carefully constructed, usually final, image.
Elements of Art: Sensory components used to create works of art: line, shape, form, color, value,
texture, and space.
Sketch: Implies a drawing, usually quickly executed, intended as a way of exploring aspects of the
Observational Drawing: Drawing what you see.