Drawing skills! I?ve been in search of them and up until now I?ve drawn a blank. I watched my fellow D&T colleagues teach their GCSE groups and looked on in disbelief at the poor drawing skills shown in the pupil?s folios. I?m under no illusion that the same thing is happening across technology workshops across the land. Pupils just cannot sketch! This, I am sure, isn?t the case at your school, where pupil?s folios are bursting at the seams with quality sketches, all drawn in accurate isometric projection, along with perspective drawings, exploded views! No to mention that they?ve all been drawn using different tones, shades, various sizes, and above all are annotated to the max! To you, I take my hat off! However, if your laughing at this and saying ?I?m in the same boat as you, your not alone? then please read on. I?ve realised that the graphic projects, that enable the pupils to draw correctly are either: a) not in place or b) (and this is the common one) full of old drawing tasks that are too complicated, too out of date and far too boring. Why on earth would I want to draw a 1980?s camera? Or come to think of it, a VCR recorder? With Year 7 being on a carousel in technology (12 weeks at a time), I?ve decided to ditch my ?make a clock? project and revert to improving drawing skills. This is a long term aim that hopefully will be recapped every year until Year 9, with the pupils hopefully maintaining some sort of ability to draw/sketch at a level that is above average. One group, having been an on running bunch of guinea-pigs for me, have produced some great drawings of iPods and mobile phones. They?ve taken pride in their work, and using the crating technique I?ve shown them have come up trumps. The booklet will contain: a) How to draw crates in isometric b) How to shade in various shapes (including spheres, cones, cubes, pyramids etc...) c) Shading in using lines. d) Constructing isometric circles e) Drawing modern objects using crating techniques, such as iPods, Play Station Portables, mobile phones. f) Drawing curves You might already have a system in place, so I?m hoping that you could help me. If there?s anything else that you think could be useful, please let me know. My technology classes are mixed ability, so I?ve differentiated the worksheets to suit all. I?m hoping to finish the booklet somewhat soon, so if anyone would be interested in a PDF format of the ?Improving drawing skills? booklet let me know. One catch though. I need your ideas and thoughts on what could be added to the booklet so far. If you have a successful class who can draw, crate, sketch, shade in, etc?. how do you do it? Thanks for taking the time to read this thread.