Use this no-prep art lesson to teach students how to draw more realistic people.
This is a simple, step-by-step observation drawing activity that teaches students how to easily draw people without resorting to stick figures. The activity process guides students through careful observation of details and teaches them how to use shapes and contours while considering the standard proportions of the human body.
No introduction and no preparation are required. It takes about an hour for students to draw two to four people and complete a composition. The first person is drawn step-by-step with teacher prompts, while the subsequent drawings are doing by students individually, at their own pace.
The lesson includes detailed, step by step directions for observing and drawing people. These directions are simple, easy, and relatively foolproof, with observation tips included with each step.
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 Art student reflection worksheet.
This comprehensive art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, art technique, and art analysis.
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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This lesson is bundled with three other art lessons in Art With People
Related art lessons you might enjoy:
Art With Faces
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Art Task Cards
For more art-making ideas and suggestions:
Start With Art
-- perfect for back-to-school
Making Time For Art
-- a free download
Creating Art With Kids
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