Simple yet challenging, this no-prep drawing lesson introduces students to blind contour drawing, a unique warm-up technique used by artists to help focus on details.
Students look at and discuss one of Alexander Calder’s wire sculptures, then use that inspiration for their drawings. This lesson will spark students’ imaginations as they practice drawing faces without looking at their papers.
Extend the activity by having students read about Calder and respond to informational text, and also by having them write about their art work.
One-Minute Faces includes the following:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art vocabulary and related vocabulary
- suggestions for looking at and discussing art work by Alexander Calder
- a suggestion for related read-aloud
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- step-by-step directions for art-making
- ideas for extending or varying the lesson
- directions and suggestions for looking at and discussing student art
- photographs of student work for reference
-Also included: Informational text reading/response printables:
• About Alexander Calder - informational text artist biography
• Thinking about Alexander Calder - a “draw and write” response worksheet
This comprehensive lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, art technique, and art analysis.
Because I teach in California, the 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; this lessons can be simplified or made more complex to work for other elementary grades.
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This lesson is bundled with two other lessons in
Fun With Abstract Faces
For more art-making ideas and suggestions:
Making Time For Art
-- a free download
Start With Art
-- perfect for back-to-school
Some related art lessons you might enjoy:
Art With Faces
Abstract Art For Kids
For early finishers or art centers, you might be interested in my
Art Task Cards
I am a retired elementary classroom teacher, a former art teacher, an artist and a writer. 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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