This is an elementary observational art project that I have created and used with K all the way through 5th grade! It really is fun and cost effective...you do not need many supplies.
This project involves students placing their hands in a cup that is covered with a sock and has a object hidden inside. The object of the lesson is for them to draw by observation strictly by relying on their sense of touch. They write down the shapes they feel, etc etc. Then they reveal the second object and draw that from direct observation, with their eyes.
The kids absolutely loved it because they had a great time relying on their senses to guess what the object in the cup was. The big reveal for the 2nd drawing was really a big surprise for the kids. At the end of the class, we were able to compare and contrast the two art projects.
This lesson can be finished in 1 45 minute art class or can be spread between 2-3 days, it really is up to you. The object I hid in my cup for 5th graders were toy dinosaurs. I got observed by my principal for this project and she loved how hooked and involved the kids were. Try it out! It's a great project.
The lesson plan is aligned with Massachusetts Visual Art Standards.