Yesterday the class began exploring the element Value in depth. Value refers to the gradations between light and dark. For this project, the class initiated drawings through "automatic drawing," a technique employed by the Surrealist artists of the 1920's. The objective is to create an enclosed composition of large and medium shapes. Once the sketch is complete, the shapes are filled with varying values of light and dark as well as different additive and reductive drawing techniques with charcoal and erasers. The drawing above has a very good foundation. The direction to explore now would be to vary the textural qualities more.