HIGH SCHOOL ART LESSON: Cross Contour Line Drawing Ellipses

HIGH SCHOOL ART LESSON:  Cross Contour Line Drawing Ellipses
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  1. This High School Art Lesson bundle contains four lessons that focus on how to use positive and negative space in drawing and design, shading, mixing color, and drawing ellipses. Each lesson contains either a PowerPoint or video demonstration, references to draw from, worksheets and handouts to prac
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  2. These two lessons are good for high school or middle school art classes. They teach students how to draw and shade ellipses in perspective. The first cross contour project points out common mistakes and shows how the ellipse changes at different points of view. Students create a cross contour dra
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  3. This bundle of High School ART resources includes a wide variety of materials to use in the high school art class. Most art teachers have multiple levels in one class and try to modify assignments based on student ability and interest levels. Every year my curriculum is different based on the studen
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Included in this lesson is:

  • A handout explaining how ellipses are drawn in perspective which highlights common mistakes and shows how to draw the cup using cross contour line drawing.
  • A worksheet to practice drawing mulitple ellipses using cross contour line.
  • An instructional video that shows step by step how to complete a cross contour line study of cups with multiple angles of ellipses.
  • 20 reference photo images of cups arranged so multiple ellipses can be studied and drawn.
  • Teacher instructions and suggestions.
  • A rubic for easy grading and evaluation.

This lesson is great for any art class learning to create depth and dimension. Cross contour drawing helps students understand the volume of a subjects surface. Students learn how to draw ellipses properly in perspective and are shown common mistakes to avoid. The video explains step by step how to draw the images from start to finish. It is edited and parts are sped up so students can see the entire proces in 8 minutes. They learn that it takes time and patience to get the form right and it doesn't always happen on the first try. They also learn how to add variety in the width and spacing of their contour lines to add interest and personality to their work.

The reference photos can also be used to create a still life drawing in any medium you wish. They are great to have on hand for students to use as reference for works that expand on ellipse drawing.

This lesson is also included in the following bundles. Bundles are a great way to get a lot of resources at a discounted price.



Uploading my resources to Google Classroom is a great way for students to access them from their own devices all the time. If you are interested in learning how to upload this lesson to Google Classroom so your students can access all handouts, presentations, videos, worksheets, photo references, and examples from any device at any time, check out my resource on how to use Google Classroom in the Art room. All of my lessons are formatted so they can be easily uploaded and shared with your classes digitally. This is great when you teach multiple levels or if you want to save time repeating instructions when students are absent, in ISS, or home instruction. Just like anytime you try something new getting started can be scary but once you learn it it becomes second nature. Using Google Classroom for Art has been life changing for me. In this product, I walk you through step by step how to get started and give you tips and ideas to make your lessons go smoother.


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