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Keeping the Creativity at Home with MAGnificent Saturdays - April 03, 2021

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

Pencil Bugs

Working with a pencil, eraser, and drawing paper, we will be creating a drawing of an insect in today’s #MAGsatathome activity. Then by using shading and an eraser, we will create very interesting texture, which will give our drawing a 3-D effect!

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

“B” pencils feature softer graphite. The “B” stands for black. The number found in front of the letter reveals just how soft or hard the pencil is. So a “4”H pencil is harder than a “2”H pencil, while a “4”B pencil is softer than a “2”B pencil.

A white eraser is made from vinyl rather than rubber. The vinyl is soft enough to be used as an eraser without destroying your paper; yet firm enough to remove tough pencil or charcoal lines.

Watch our YouTube for step-by-step demonstration!

You can download the instructions in an 11x17 pdf format here.

What You Need: Sheet of drawing paper, a pencil with a soft lead (6 or 8B), a harder leaded pencil (2B), white eraser, images of bugs.

Step 1. Using the soft leaded pencil, draw a simple outline of an insect on your paper.

Step 2. Now shade the insect’s body, making it darker close to the edges. This will start to give your bug more of a 3-dimensional shape. Make sure to fill in the head and legs and add any spots or patterns too.

*You don’t need to press very hard a soft leaded pencil to shade!

Step 3. Using the white eraser, rub lines across your drawing to smudge the pencil a little. Make sure to rub the lines in different directions.

Step 4. Take the harder leaded pencil and draw over the insect again. Add more shading and details to it too.

Step 5. Use the eraser to rub lines over the drawing again. However, this time you only want to smudge the lines a little so press lighter. You can also take the eraser to rub away some of the pencil shading to create a shiny highlighted patch on the insect’s body.

*The rubbed lines can make a spider look as if it is on its web!

*By rubbing highlights on the head and each body part of an insect, will make it look more 3-D!

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