During the weeks when Grammar boys were undertaking lessons online, St Ives Art master, Mr Andrew Cranna conducted a daily series of Art lessons entitled the Drawing ‘BOOM’ Challenges.
Each day, Mr Cranna would guide the boys on how to draw a range of interesting creatures, characters and scenes. The lessons would detail an artist’s thought process when planning an illustration using pencil shape techniques as a guide. Afterwards, a pen layer was added and then a thicker marker to emphasize perspective, shadow, light and three-dimensionality. Finally, the drawings were given a splash of colour using a variety of oil pastels.
Popular ‘BOOM’ subjects included man-eating sharks, gun-slinging cowboys, unusual motor vehicles and a range of Star Wars characters. The boy’s drawings were remarkable and Mr Cranna was particularly impressed with the quality of work from all the boys from Preschool to Year 6. Many parents and siblings also got in the act, brushing off their drawing skills and joining their sons for the lessons.