by Natalie N.

The Yarn Yard

Mark Robert Barry
ART 110 – Drawing I
The University of Alabama


Learn and practice observation and contour by using yarn to draw found objects outside on the grass, sidewalks, pavement, etc.


  • Learn and understand the fundamentals of gesture and line.
  • Practice careful observation of subject.
  • Develop communication and team skills.
  • Increase class camaraderie.
  • Level the drawing skill playing field.


Required Tools and Materials

  • Yarn (preferably bright solid color)
  • Scissors


  • 120-160 minutes, divided
    • 20-30 minutes
      Each student works alone, making a contour drawing of a found object (bike, light post, bush, etc.). The final drawing should be bigger than the person making the drawing. If a student finishes early, add more detail. Leave drawings when finished.
    • 20-30 minutes
      Students pair up in teams of 2. Same assignment as before, but now students are working together to make a drawing. No repeats—find a new subject to draw. Leave drawings when finished.
    • 10-20 minutes
      Gather all the students together. Get feedback about their perceived successes and challenges. Walk to, look at, and discuss each drawing as a group.
    • 20-30 minutes
      Students pair up in teams of 3. Make 3 contour drawings of a team member. Each student takes a turn acting as a model while the other two make the drawing. Leave drawings when finished.
    • 20-30 minutes
      All students work together to make a drawing of an object chosen by the instructor. Leave drawing when finished.
    • 10-15 minutes
      Visit 4th floor of Woods Hall and look down! Discuss class/drawings/experiences. Clean up.


Students are evaluated with consideration to craftsmanship and effort, following directions, and quality participation during critique.

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