Drawing starts with observation, including drawing people.
The lessons in this packet use three different techniques for drawing people. Two of the lessons -- 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. The third lesson -- Learn to Draw People -- leads students through steps that help them observe the shapes, lines, and proportionality essential for a reasonably realistic drawing.
Drawing from observation can help children become more comfortable drawing more realistic people instead of stick figures. With these 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!
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
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.
Each of these lessons is also available individually.
For more art-making ideas and suggestions:
Start With Art
-- perfect for back-to-school
Making Time For Art
-- a free download
Art Task Cards
-- for early finishers or art centers
Creating Art With Kids
lessons are designed to focus primarily on the creative process. They are intended to be open-ended enough to encourage student creativity and detailed enough to give teachers clear direction.
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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