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AAYF Projects 2019–20

AAYF Calendar 2019–20

Light and Dark Presentation

Selfie of Sorts Presentation

Repoussé Presentation

Three Apples Presentation

NASA Cosmos Presentation

Current Project Reading List



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.

Student Objectives

• 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.