Monthly Archives: November 2017

Line drawing: 3D visual effects

This post is related to line, one of the most important design elements.  We usually use lines to trace drawings, represent reality  or  put into a paper the most crazy idea that we come up with. In this activity puppils have used line to create a 3D visual effect. These drawings get enhanced when we applied some shading across the border. To see the result watch the following presentation.

Visual effects with line



As we do every year, we started studing the most elemental graphic design element, the dot. When we stroke onto a surface with a pencil or brushpencil we get a rounded but irregular mark on that surface. Stippling consist of drawing little dots which placed closed to each other allow us to obtain shading and textures in drawings. This technique is called Pointillism when we use colored dots. Artists like Seurat and Signac used this technique in their masterpieces at the end of nineteenth century.

georgesseurat-8  “Profile model” by Seurat, 1886-1887.

But when we stipple a piece of paper, using ink for example, we gather or separate dots in orden to shade and apply textures to our drawings. To see how amazing results we can get using this tiny graphic element watch the video tutorial  below. Enjoy yourself.

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Listening / Writing / Speaking Practice (2)

(B2) ARE YOU A RISK TAKER? (This is the LINK!!!!)

In this engaging series of activities students will discuss different actions that involve taking risks. It aims at developing students’ communicative, listening and writing skills through the acquisition of new vocabulary. Follow the instructions below to do your work.

STEP 1: SPEAKING / WRITING based on visual prompts.

1.- Answer this question: What’s the most dangerous thing you’ve ever done?

2.- You are going to see different activities that involve taking risks. So, you have to discuss whether you would be willing to try them or not. Choose 5 activities and write reasons for your choice.Powered by emaze

STEP 2: VOCABULARY: Focus on any new words/expressions in handout 1 (Taking risks vocabulary). Translate unknown words into Spanish.

STEP 3: SPEAKING / WRITING: Answer questions in handout 2 by using new vocabulary in handout 1. Later, we´ll use your answers to discuss about taking risks in class.

STEP 4: LISTENING: “Free running or Parkour” (This is the LINK!!!). Try to improve your listening abilities. This time we are going to listen for specific vocabulary. Ready? Listen and write TRUE or FALSE.

STEP 5: WRITING: Write a “for and against essay” on one of these quotes:

  • “To know what life is worth you have to risk it once in a while”   -Jean- Paul Sartre
  • “The biggest risk is not taking any risk”    -Mark Zukerberg