The Grade 11 Art Students experimented with Ink line drawing techniques while focusing on the play of highlights and shadows on a still life.

The aim of outdoor drawing is to focus on the fleeting moment of light as students develop their techniques to focus on line and form while drawing a still life.


In fine art, the term ‘pen and ink’ denotes a drawing technique involving the use of black and other coloured inks which are applied to a support (generally paper) with either a dip pen or a reservoir pen. This traditional, versatile media has been used by Western artists since ancient-Egyptian times, for sketches, finished drawings or ink and wash in paintings. 

A walk back in time…’The most common ink in High Renaissance Italy was made from iron gall. It’s principal components, gall nuts, were rich in resin and tannic acid. When soaked in water or wine, strained, and then mixed with iron sulphates and gum arabic, the result was a liquid black ink ideal for drawing. However, over time, iron gall ink fades so that although the ink in most Renaissance drawings is now brown it would originally have been much blacker.’



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