This is a quick slideshow that I give for an intro to our drawing unit...I had to do this in high school and I remember it driving me nuts, but that I knew it made me a better artist.
(They turn out really ugly sometimes, but that's not the point - it's about training! I always emphasize this to students.)
It's meant to develop their observational skills - to train their eye to "dance" between the image on screen and the drawing paper.
It's super simple but SUPER challenging for them.
It gets them to do an upside drawing to really train their eye to draw what they see, not what they THINK they see.
NOTE - there's two options at two different difficulty levels - the first one (Van Gogh!) is for junior grades (9's) and the other one (one of Picasso's drawings) is for older grades (10, 11, 12)
I've done this on huge paper, or just on a page in their sketchbook - either way, it's a great workshop activity and the start of an important lesson to LOOK at what you draw.
**Drawing what you SEE, not what you THINK you see***
- Absolutely do NOT let them turn it "right side up" until the very end or it ruins it!
- Don't rush it - I let them know they have 15 minutes to complete it - they need to take their time, and really look.
-An add on activity is to have them re-do it, but after drawing in a basic grid (4 squares, one horizontal line, one vertical line) and see how this helps them maintain proper proportions...a lot of students after the first try, see that they ran out of room for the head/bottom - so this technique is a fantastic help