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A well-developed art lesson plan is always great to have around. This lesson plan on portrait drawing includes a full procedure, modifications, background information on artist Chuck Close, recommended websites, and a few thoughts from the lesson plan's developer. Portrait drawing using the grid method can be your next great art project.
Learners hone their drawing techniques to create a nature-inspired piece of art. They practice hatching, cross hatching, stippling, and shading. They discuss how each method is better suited for creating specific elements in nature such as grass, water, and leaves. A well-outlined procedure and vocabulary list make this a good art instructional activity.
Ocean explorers or mathematicians research the wreck of the CSS H.L. Hunley. They investigate the actual dimensions of the Hunley using math and measuring skills. Afterward, they sketch a large scale drawing of the submarine outdoors on the black top. Assessment questions and an answer key provided. Go deep with this lesson!
How can redistricting affect the outcome of state elections? How can it affect federal policy? A clip from the PBS special report, "Redistricting, Drawing the Lines," motivates class groups to investigate the origins of this political maneuver and current controversies. Handouts, extensions, activities, and rubrics are included in the richly detailed plan.
Kids create a clown out of shapes. They work to show emotions while practicing their drawing skills. Pupils use circles, triangles, squares, oil pastels, and their imagination to draw, color, and decorate a sad or happy clown. Tip: Have each child write two simple sentences describing the shapes used in creating the clown.
Model for young readers how to use illustrations, chapter titles, and events in a story to draw inferences and make predictions. Learners then practice these essential comprehension strategies by drawing inferences for another section of a text. In addition, they validate their assumptions with specific references. There are four interactive, online games that pupils can access in order to gain further practice. A fine language arts lesson for elementary schoolers!
Young artists explore contour drawing, design elements, while honing their observation and critical design skills. They compose a contour piece where they draw their feet on a mixed media background. An excellent art instructional activity sure to encourage thoughtful and skilled artists.
Metaphor is prominent in art as well as in literature. Learners explore visual metaphors as they draw a hallway that represents their lives. This is an interesting idea that guides them through self-reflective discovery while honing drawing skills. This hallway will be drawing using a one-point perspective and a worksheet intended to help learners select visual representations of life and personal perspective.
The proof is in the details! A richly detailed plan provides clear examples of how to draw inferences from text and how to provide support drawn directly from the text. Opportunities for guided and independent practice are also included. A great reading comprehension lesson.
Drawing with linear perspective requires spacial and mathematical reasoning as well as an understanding of the Renaissance period. Fifth graders discuss the first painting created with linear perspective, then analyze several others found throughout history. They use the very specific geometric formula, their rulers, lines and rays to compose a piece full of perspective.
Caricature drawing is fun, and can help learners explore the principle of design and content specific vocabulary. They view a video and books that use character drawings, discuss vocabulary such as exaggeration, proportion, and symmetry, then draw a caricature of a person or animal.
Students explore drawing based on two sets of directions. In this drawing lesson, students draw a portrait or still life based on a verbal description (left brain). Students then use drawing techniques that access the right side of their brain. This lesson is designed for mature art students.
Students create a collaborative drawing. In this cooperation skills lesson plan, students are divided into small groups and are given art supplies. Students decide on a topic for their illustration and create the drawing on large paper. Students work together to complete the project. As an extension activity, students can create a collaborative story about their drawing.
Here is a fun drawing activity that is sure to develop listening, shape recognition, drawing, skills and eye-hand coordination. The class doodles over an entire page based on the instructions they are given. This resource includes instructional activities for both younger and older learners, related links, and thinking questions to discuss after the art is created.
Let the leaves fall where they may! Children experiment with watercolors and blind contour drawing. They cut out leaf shapes and trace them onto a cool color-washed background, creating beautiful organic images. The instructions for this project are very good and easy to use. Tip: Have a parent instruct the class in small groups as an art station while they are finishing up extra or unfinished business during the semester.