A simple, yet challenging art lesson! This no prep drawing lesson is fast, fun, and colorful and perfect for any time students... or teachers... need a creative break.
Students draw groups of fanciful, colorful human figures using gesture drawing,
a technique that focuses on depicting the essence of something, rather than producing a realistic drawing.
The no prep activity requires only crayons and white paper and is perfect for that extra hour or when you need a break. And it’s a perfect lesson to leave for a substitute!
The lesson can also be expanded in several ways. Introduce students to standard proportions of the human body while they focus on movement, color, and balance. Introduce techniques for suggeting foreground and background.
The lesson can also be used to introduce American artist Keith Haring,
who painted colorful, simple, stylized human figures in a variety of poses.
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: Informational text reading/response printables:
• About Keith Haring - informational text artist biography
• Thinking about Keith Haring - a “draw and write” response worksheet
This comprehensive lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, art technique, and art analysis, and to foster authentic art-making and art education.
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.
Learn to Draw Squiggly People is bundled with two other art lessons in Art With People.
The About Keith Haring printables are also included in Learn to Draw Whimsical People.
More Art lessons and Art-integrated resources:
Art Task Cards
- self-directed Art activities for early finishers or Art centers
Start With Art
- five exploratory Art lessons with focus on elements of art
Integrating Art Across the Curriculum Sampler Bundle
- five integrated Art lessons
Artist Biographies for Kids
- informational text with ‘draw and write’ response prompts
Language Arts Strategies with Art BUNDLE
- learn Language Arts skills through art observation and discussion
Free Art resources:
Making Time For Art
-- suggestions and ideas for integrating art in the classroom
Looking at Art with Kids
- using well-known art works to supplement the curriculum
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
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.
Visit my blog, Creating Art With Kids,
for detailed descriptions and helpful tips about the teaching process for many of my art lessons.
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