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Keeping the Creativity at Home with MAGnificent Saturdays - January 16, 2021

Today's MAGnificent Saturdays art activity for you to do at home:

Shading Pears

Shading Pears! We’re going to blend, smudge and shade in today’s family art activity for #MAGsatathome. So grab a piece of fruit, real or fake, and let’s get drawing!

Want to follow along with MAG staff? Check out the Facebook Live for this activity.

A Contour Line defines the outline of a form, as well as interior structure, without the use of shading.

Contour Lines are usually the first technique children adopt to draw people, houses, trees, etc.

Shading is a technique used to create the illusion of depth in a two-dimensional medium.

Tonal Shading refers to using light or dark tones to demonstrate where an object is affected by light and shadows.

Blending/Smudging is a technique of shading that focuses on concealing the application of marks by either applying them seamlessly or by rubbing in the media using a finger or smudging tool.

Don't forget to tag us on Facebook, Twitter @RedDeerMuseum or Instagram @rdmag #MAGsatathome with your creations! We'd love to see them.

You can download the instructions here.

What You Need: pencil, eraser, sheet of coloured paper, paper-towel, cotton swabs, a piece of fake or real fruit, light, medium, dark, shades of oil pastels in the colour of the fruit you picked, light and dark brown, black and white.

Step 1. Begin by drawing the contour line of your fruit.

*Try to have the contour line of the fruit quite large. Ideally, you want it to take up most of the page.

*Look closely at the shadow cast by the fruit. You will also want an outline of the shadow. Shadows are not black holes! There is always more than one dark colour in the shadow and usually some reflected light as well.

Step 2. Once you have finished your contour line of the fruit and it’s shadow, it is time to start colouring the fruit in! Take a good look at the fruit and notice how one side is darker than the other. While the part of the fruit that is closest to you will be the lightest! Take your darkest oil pastel fruit colour and colour all around the outside of the fruit.

*If you continue to look at the fruit, you will notice the opposite side of the fruit is not quite as dark. If you see this, then take your next darkest fruit colour and colour the opposite side with that oil pastel colour.

*Don’t worry if you don’t quite see these variations of colours yet. The longer you look at the fruit, the more colours you will see!

Step 3. Now take the medium fruit colour and colour all around the fruit. You will also want to take this colour and lightly overlap a bit with the darker colour. After, take some paper-towel and wrap it around one of your fingers. You can use this to push the oil pastel colours on the page together. The paper-towel on your finger will act as a blending tool.

Step 4. Take the lightest colour and fill in the rest of your fruit. Make sure to slightly overlap this colour with the colour next to it and then blend the same way you did in step 3.

Step 5. Look closely now at the shadow the fruit is casting. It will be darkest right below the fruit, then a bit lighter and a bit lighter still, depending on the light around the fruit. Usually though, there are 3 dark colours for the shadow and a cast highlight from the fruit. Once you have coloured the shadow in, blend the same way you did before or use a cotton swap. If you see some bright highlights on your fruit, now is the time to add them!

MAGsaturdays Shading Pears Instructions

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