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Knowing how to draw a portrait is one of the basic skills of art. Watch this video to see eight simple steps of drawing a portrait. Try watching this video while drawing your own portraits.
Running out of ideas of things to draw? Why not try a small medieval elf! The young artist in this video demonstrates how to draw one of these interesting creatures.
Students create their own "gift drawings" that are inspired by the dreams and visions of the Shakers. In this gift drawings lesson plan, students learn the history of the Shakers, make their own drawing, and practice elements of design in their artwork.
Gesture drawing is many things: a way to see, a technique of drawing, an exercise, a defined scribble, and a finished style. In the activities that follow, gesture drawing will be demonstrated in many of its facets.
High schoolers develop skills in shading and create eye movement through the use of lights and darks. They show five principles of shading while drawing shells and bones.
Students investigate the use of proportion using gesture drawing as the subject matter. They create a painting using the elements of art and principles of design.
In this drawing in science learning exercise, learners read about what is needed to complete a drawing in order to communicate ideas and discoveries in science. Students analyze a drawing of a volcano and indicate the problems with the drawing. They also practice drawing a ladybug and label it's body parts.
Students explore dancing and drawing. In this art instructional activity, students hear music representing a certain word, dance, and draw to the same music.
Students explore visual arts by participating in a drawing activity. For this artistic expression lesson, students discuss how our thoughts and emotions are conceptualized by illustrating or painting. Students utilize charcoal, pastels, paint and other arts and crafts to create unconventional images in class.
Young scholars (with a partner) draw and describe a leaf in its natural setting, and then re-find leaves drawn and described by classmates. The point is to have them start to think about observations in science, what to put in a field notebook, to pay attention to detail, and to gain confidence in drawing.
Learners determine when two isometric drawings can represent the same shape. Using an isometric drawing tool, students observe and compare drawings from different perspectives. Learners build additional shapes that have the same isometric representation.
Students explore connections between non-verbal language and art. In this visual and auditory art lesson, students investigate the science of sound and principles of drawing. They then use various genres of music to directly apply that knowledge to their own process of drawing.
Sixth graders examine a blue print and discuss the reasoning behind using blue prints. In this proportionality lesson, students collaborate with their teammates to create a scale drawing. Once that is complete, 6th graders write a journal entry explaining the different ways to use a scale drawing.
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 examine the process of drawing a picture to scale. They analyze and discuss real-life blueprints for a house, and create a scale drawing of an original invention using calculators and rulers.
Young scholars compare isometric drawings to a front-right-top view. Using an isometric drawing tool, students construct isometric drawings that match front-right-top views. Young scholars compare drawings with their classmates.
Learners explore Chinese art methods. In this art activity, students recognize the beauty in Chinese painting and then work with arabesque relationships in order to create their own Chinese brushwork gesture drawing.
In this measuring lengths worksheet, learners determine which units to use when measuring lengths, estimating lengths, and the errors made when measuring, Students estimate the lengths of each of the lines illustrate to the nearest unit. Learners also determine how to take measurements from plans and how to draw plans.