This no prep art lesson focuses on color, movement, balance, and space. It can introduce students to standard proportions of the human body and presents techniques for suggesting foreground and background. Students create a group of colorful, stylized human shapes that suggest bodies in motion using gesture drawing, a technique that focuses on depicting the essence of the subject, rather than producing a realistic drawing.
The lesson introduces American artist Keith Haring, who painted colorful, simple, stylized human figures in a variety of poses.
This simple yet challenging gesture drawing activity is fast, fun, and colorful and perfect for any time students... or teachers... need a creative break. Only crayons and white paper are needed and it’s a perfect lesson to leave for a substitute!
Squiggly People is bundled with three other art lessons in Art With People
This lesson includes the following:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- suggested related art works and vocabulary
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- directions for the art activity
- ideas for extending or varying the lesson
- suggestions for connecting to math
- ideas for discussing student art work
- photographs of student work for reference
Also included: an art reflection worksheet with prompts to help students think and write about how art can communicate ideas, stories, and feelings.
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; any of these lessons can be simplified or made more complex to work for many elementary grades.
Related art lessons:
One Minute Faces
More art-making ideas and suggestions:
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- a collection of five integrated Art lessons
Art Observation: Thinking, Drawing, and Writing About Art
-- a collection of art reflection worksheets to use with any art work
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
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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