This contour drawing lesson focuses on the use of line, shape, and negative space. Students make a simple viewfinder which they use to help them closely observe details in common objects. They draw selected objects in close-up view, creating interesting compositions with drawings that move “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 can be used 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.
This lesson includes:
- 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
Also Included with this lesson are two teacher resources:
Observation Drawing - A Few Tips describes basic strategies for successful observation drawing.
Using a Viewfinder explains how to make a simple construction paper viewfinder for students to use as they draw.
This comprehensive art lesson is designed to teach art appreciation, artist behavior, 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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Still Life Contour Drawing is bundled with Still Life Observation Drawing
in Still Life Observation Drawing for Kids
Other observation drawing lessons you might enjoy:
Art With Autumn Leaves
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Start With Art
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Making Time For Art
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