Observational Drawing Skills Teacher Resources
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Informed Drawing Through Observation
Students practice observation techniques to improve their drawing skills. In this drawing technique lesson, students assess drawing as an art media and discuss realism. Students view examples of animal drawings and practice drawing using shape, contour, value, and detail.
The Spirit of Puppetry - Activity 1
Students practice drawing skills by sketching an example of a three-dimensional puppet design. This lesson is Part One of a three part unit geared towards the creation of a 3-D puppet for the theatre arts.
Through the Looking Glass
Students explore issues of self and identity. They create artworks through the observation and analysis of self-portraiture. They reflect about themselves and on fostering personal expression. They create a time-line that makes connections between historical events and their own lives.
Portrait and Figure Drawing
Students practice their drawing skills. In this drawing skills lesson, students complete a self-observation drawing activity and then 3 methods of figure drawing.
Reverse Glass "Painting"
Students examine the life and works of John Audubon. They compare and contrast various pieces of art and identify the purposes of stained glass. After observing his art, they create their own stained glass creation using the concepts of foreground, middle ground and background. They share their piece with the class.
Nature's Recycling Program
Students identify what materials make up compost. In this science of recycling lesson, students explain the benefits of composting determine how compost is a good plant fertilizer.
Orchid in Blind Contour Format
Students create blind contour drawings. They compare methods of drawing including blind contour and contour approaches. Students follow a blind contour method to produce a drawing of a flower and then complete the piece with a watercolor resist format.
Students identify and describe characteristics of contemporary artwork. Then, they create gesture drawings, a drawing technique used to express the action of a subject in a short period of time.
Discovering the Wetlands!
Young scholars name wetland plant and animal life. In this ecosystem lesson students go birdwatching and interpret native plants through art.
Pollinators and Wildflowers
Students explore how plants depend on pollinators to reproduce. In this pollination lesson students dissect a local flower and collect and identify pollinating insects.
Students follow key processes in the scientific method. They develop science observation and drawing skills. They practice reading/interpreting life science diagrams, charts and pictures.
Students read about the art of artist Chris Johanson. For this artist lesson plan, students read about this art and then complete various activities related to it. They learn about visual, written, and oral expression.
Teacher discusses drawing of facial features with students. They then research facial features of famous artists and children's illustrators on the Internet. Students then will create a self-portrait using paper and pencil.
Still Life Painting: Arranging Nature
Students paint their own still life painting. In this still life painting lesson, students analyze still life paintings and paint their own.
Harriet Tubman: Dancing on the Freedom Trail
Learners observe a dance interpretation about Harriet Tubman. In this art/social studies lesson, students explore how their emotions can be expressed through movement and create their own dance or dramatic interpretation.
Still-Life Painting: Arranging Nature
High schoolers examine and paint still life paintings. In this still life painting instructional activity, students look at pictures of European still life paintings and determine the characteristics when using an opaque medium. They use an opaque medium to paint a still life of their own after writing an artists statement of purpose.
Still Life Painting: Arranging Nature
Pupils choose meaningful objects for a still-life arrangement and paint it using watercolors and write an artist’s statement. In this still life art lesson, students identify and analyze the characteristics of a still-life painting and use specific watercolor techniques to paint a scene using objects they've found in class. Pupils then write a statement about their still life choices.
Introduction to Lines
How expressive is a line? Kids will find out just how expressive horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines can be as they analyze a piece by Paul Klee. They'll first read a story about lines and discuss art terminology, then they'll analyze the piece based on how Klee used color and line. Finally, they'll engage in creative expression as they make abstract works by employing primary colors and line.
Introduction to Scientific Illustration
Seventh graders draw scientific illustrations in the lab. In this life science lesson plan, 7th graders discuss the importance of drawing in science experiments. They differentiate scientific drawing from basic art.
Sailing Vessel Contour Creations
Students explore different types of sailing vessels and the rigging, sails, masts. They discuss contour lines and how they can be used to create a portrait of a sailing vessel then they choose a sailing vessel image as a reference to create a contour drawing.