This contour drawing lesson focuses on the use of line, shape, and negative space. Students make a simple viewfinder which they use for close observation of details in common objects. They draw selected objects in close-up view, creating interesting compositions with drawings that extend off the page.
Common classroom objects can be used for this lesson, or specialty objects such as plants, flowers, branches, shells, or other natural objects to create a science-integrated observation lesson. Compare still life drawings and paintings from different time periods to add an art appreciation component to the lesson.
Included with this resource are tips for setting up, tips for successful observation drawing, directions for making a viewfinder, and an art reflection worksheet.
Still Life Contour Drawing is bundled with Still Life Observation Drawing
in Still Life for Kids
This lesson includes:
- national visual arts standards information
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- step-by-step directions for the art activity
- ideas for extending or varying the lesson
- ideas for looking at and discussing student art
- tips for setting up a still life for observation
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.
Other observation drawing lessons:
Art Lessons With Autumn Leaves
Drawing Patterns from Nature
For more art-making ideas and suggestions:
Start With Art
-- introducing the elements of art
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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