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Archaeological Illustration: An introduction to techniques using images from the Scran database

Created by Anne Taylor, Marischal Museum, University of Aberdeen

What kind of resource is this?

click for resource view A teaching package on archaeological illustration using images from the Scran database. It guides students through the complete drawing process, covering examples of several different drawing styles. The materials include an image gallery for learners to choose from when making their own drawings in order to experiment with a range of styles and techniques.

Sections include:

  • Why Draw?
  • Equipment
  • Exercises / Techniques
  • How to Draw (covering small metal objects, pottery and stone work)
  • Image Gallery
  • Links

Read the full case study to find out more about this resource and how it was made.

Who was it designed for?

Undergraduate level HE courses in Archaeology. It is also suitable for A level students of Archaeology.

Points of interest:

click for resource view One problem for learners in this field is gaining access to actual objects to draw. These materials make good use of the choice of images on Scran to give students access to a wide variety of artefact types, many of which are too fragile to be handled or are otherwise inaccessible. The course gives them the opportunity of practising the techniques and learning some of the conventions of archaeological illustration in advance, so that when confronted with real objects they know what to look for and how to proceed.

View these resources:

  • Workbook | PDF
  • Image Gallery | PDF
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