Use this no-prep art lesson to teach students how to draw more realistic people.
This simple, step-by-step observation drawing activity teaches students to easily draw people without resorting to stick figures. The activity guides students through careful observation of details and teaches them to use shapes and contours while considering the standard proportions of the human body.
No introduction and no preparation are required. Directed drawing is used for the first person; subsequent drawings are done by students individually, at their own pace. The step-by-step directions for observation and drawing are detailed but simple and foolproof. Observation tips are included with each step.
This lesson is bundled with three other art lessons in Art With People
This Drawing People lesson includes the following:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- suggestions for introducing the lesson
- step-by-step teacher prompt directions for drawing a person
- ideas for extending and varying the lesson
- photographs of samples of student work for reference
Also included: Thinking About My Drawing, an art reflection worksheet with prompts to help students assess the quality of their own art work.
This art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, artist behavior, and art analysis, and to foster authentic art-making and art education.
National Core Visual Arts Standards are listed at the beginning of the lesson.
Because I teach in California, this 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.
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Art Lessons with Faces
One Minute Faces
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Start With Art
-- perfect for back-to-school
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- a collection of five integrated Art lessons
Making Time For Art
-- a free download
Art Task Cards
-- for early finishers or art centers
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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
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