I've been trying to think of different ways to explore drawing, line and basic skills with my Y12 class. Several of them have a tendency to work quite 'tightly' and need to be encouraged to give up a bit of control here and there in their work.
As they are beginning their AS exam projects right now, we are still in the recording and experimentation stages, where just getting moving and covering paper with pretty much anything is potentially interesting and exciting, so I'm free to do a few workshops with them.
Today, we started work on some very simple drawings, just using a white oil pastel and 6B pencil on brown paper. What I love about this is the fact that the oil pastel can be used to create a slightly greasy, slippery, tactile surface which the graphite of the pencil grips in a completely different way. The pastel can also be used as an eraser - admittedly a poor eraser! A later of pastel can knock marks and lines back, creating a nice sense of depth and history in the drawing, as well as prepping a fresh surface for further layers of line and tone on top. The slightly blue tone of the greys created makes a good contrast with the warm beige of the paper, too.
A few examples below - these images are all based on the students' own photos and we've spent one lesson on them so far.