Connect art and science with these two observation-rich lessons that help students develop and refine their observation skills using two different still life treatments.
Still Life Observation Drawing teaches students to look closely at lines and shapes. It focuses on secondary colors and requires students to make thoughtful color choices for their drawings.
Still Life Contour Drawings extend observation drawing to consider the use of close-ups, detail, point of view, and negative space.
Each of the lessons includes the following:
- a list of art concepts and skills addressed
- a list of materials needed
- targeted art and related vocabulary
- suggestions for related read-aloud books and art works, when needed
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- step-by-step directions for the art activity
- ideas for extending or varying the lessons
- ideas for looking at and discussing art
- ideas for connecting the activity to other curricular areas
- suggestions for cross-curricular connections and/or writing extensions
Also included are two teacher resources:
-- Observation Drawing - A Few Tips
-- Using a Viewfinder
These comprehensive lessons are designed to teach art appreciation, art technique, and art analysis.
Because I teach in California, each 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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Each of the lessons in this bundle is also available individually:
Still Life Observation Drawing Art Lesson
Still Life Contour Drawing Art Lesson
Other observation drawing lessons you might enjoy:
Art With Autumn Leaves
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.
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