A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A TROPICAL GARDEN

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A TROPICAL GARDEN

Students learned about the basic tenant of drawing through value. They did practice exercises and then applied their understanding of values (highlight, midtone, shadow) in a full size drawing using charcoal as a drawing medium. Students developed their ideas around the collaborative theme of A Day in the Life of a Tropical Garden. They observed the gardens on campus and spent several days working outside drawing a chosen aspect of the garden.


In the next iteration, the students brought the gardens to life with stop motion animation. They looked at the works of South African artist William Kentridge’s moving images works to get a understanding of concept development,  style and techniques of the process of stop motion. Next students brainstormed and wrote a short story about a character or situation in the gardens and created a storyboard to plan their story out visually.  Students created a drawing for each movement by adding and erasing each motion, in a laborious process of create a minimum of 60 + drawings for a 4 second animation. The final outcome is a collaborative installation with the original drawings, stop motion video and sound. Viewers are invited to walk through the installation and experience A Day in the Life of a Tropical Garden.