Connect art and science with these two observation-rich lessons that help students develop and refine their observation skills with two different still life treatments.
Each lesson in this bundle is also available individually.
Lessons included are:
Still Life Observation Drawing
teaches students to look closely at lines and shapes. It focuses on secondary colors and requires students to make thoughtful color choices for their drawings. Includes two art reflection worksheets.
Still Life Contour Drawing
extends observation drawing to focus on the use of close-ups, detail, point of view, and negative space. Includes directions for making a viewfinder and an art reflection worksheet.
Both lessons include tips for successful observation drawing and tips for setting up a still life.
Each lesson includes the following:
- National Core Visual Arts Standards information
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- step-by-step directions for art making
- ideas for extending or varying the lessons
- ideas for looking at and discussing art
- ideas for connecting the activity to other curricular areas
- suggestions for cross-curricular connections and/or writing extensions
• three art reflection worksheets
• tips for successful still life drawing (included in both lessons)
• tips for setting up a still life (included in both lessons)
• directions for making and using a viewfinder
These comprehensive lessons are designed to teach art appreciation, art technique, and art analysis; and to foster authentic art-making and art education.
National Core Visual Arts Standards are listed at the beginning of each lesson.
This resource also includes a description of the National Core Visual Arts Anchor Standards and an overview of ways Art education supports other areas of the curriculum.
Because I teach in California, each lesson also includes a list of the California Visual Arts Standards addressed for suggested grade levels. Please note that listed grade levels are suggestions only; any of these lessons can be simplified or made more complex to work for any elementary grade.
Other observation drawing lessons:
Art With Autumn Leaves
Drawing Patterns from Nature
Art Lessons with People
More Art lessons and Art-integrated resources:
Art Task Cards
- self-directed Art activities for early finishers or Art centers
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- five integrated Art lessons
Homework For Thinkers
- open-ended activities, some with drawing
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I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. I have a Multiple Subjects credential, a Single Subject credential for Art and English, LDS/ESL certification, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a Mathematics focus, and Montessori certification. I have worked with all elementary grades, and with special groups including ELL, GATE, and At-Risk students. Creating Art With Kids
lessons and resources are designed to foster student creativity, choice, and independence, and to encourage authentic art-making. Consideration is given to developmental appropriateness, differentiation possibilities, and teacher individuality. For this reason, directions are general, expectations are open-ended, and clip art on student pages is kept to a minimum.
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