These five independent drawing activities are perfect to use as "Early Finisher" projects, or for those days when the art period is interrupted by scheduled assemblies, school pictures, or unexpected weather delays. All five activities begin with a small portion of specific subject matter. The students are required to complete each composition by adding more objects to the visual. Each activity has been developed to clearly guide the students independently through specific directions, which encourage the students to create original drawings that are creative and neatly rendered. Throughout the instructions, students are directed to utilize Line, Color, Texture, Shape, and/or Pattern within their drawings, which adds visual interest and strength to the completed work. Examples of each activity have been created and are included to motivate and encourage the students to place a positive effort onto each drawing activity and to develop a final project that can be cut away from the worksheet to be placed on display.
I have used these self-directed drawing activities in my own classroom for many
years as "Early Finisher" projects. Five folders have been adhered to the doors of a large storage cabinet in my art room. On each folder I have taped a completed example of the given activity, then placed copies of the activities in each folder. When my art students complete an art project, they immediately go to the folders and select an independent drawing activity of their choice. Because our students carry tablets (provided by the school system) with them throughout the school day, they have the availability of searching the internet for images from which they draw. This has been instrumental in helping my students to gather ideas for subject matter and for rendering specific details within their drawings. My students put as much effort and focus onto these independent drawing activities as they do for their regular art projects. I have found these drawing activities to be very useful in keeping all of my students focused and busy working on worthwhile artistic tasks. I have also enjoyed observing my students critique each other's ideas and establish positive art conversations.