Drawing starts with observation!
Drawing from observation can help children become more comfortable drawing more realistic people rather than relying on stick figures. With these three lessons, children can learn how to observe and draw people with personality. They will have learned three strategies for drawing people and won’t need to ever draw stick figures again!
Whimsical People and Gesture People are inspired by artist Keith Haring.
They are fun and fanciful with a focus on shape, contour, color, and movement.
Learn to Draw People focuses on observation.
This lesson leads students through steps designed to help them observe the shapes, lines, and proportionality essential for a reasonably realistic drawing.
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
- detailed steps for introducing the lesson
- suggestions for read alouds, where applicable
- suggestions for looking at art, where applicable
- step-by-step directions for art-making
- ideas for extending or varying the lesson
- ideas for looking at and discussing student art
- ideas for connecting the activity to other curricular areas
- at least one writing extension
Informational text reading/response printables:
• About Keith Haring - one page artist biography
• Thinking about Keith Haring - a ‘draw and write’ response worksheet
‘Draw and Write’ art reflection worksheet:
• Thinking About My Drawing
These comprehensive lessons are designed to teach art appreciation, art technique, and art analysis; and to foster authentic art-making and art education.
Because I teach in California, this lesson also includes a list of the California Visual Arts Standards addressed for suggested grade levels. Listed grade levels are suggestions only; any of my art lessons can be simplified or made more complex to work for a variety of elementary grades.
Each of these lessons is also available individually.
More Art lessons and Art-integrated resources:
Artist Biographies for Kids
- informational text with ‘draw and write’ response prompts
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
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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