Begin a new year, new semester, or new unit with a set of pre-instructional drawings. This series is exactly what is sounds like...drawings your students do prior to specific instruction. Minimal effort on your part, the activites do the teaching. The lesson is in the experience of completing the drawings. This series addresses up to six basic types of drawing (if you choose to do all all of them) and attempts to highlight, through first-hand experience, the differences between them. It is all drawing with regular pencil and paper, but there are different thought processes involved in each. Lesson outlines are included for six drawings, each taking a typical class period to make a full week of activities. 29 reference images and handouts are included. All you really need is paper and pencil. Small still-life objects are optional for one of the drawings. A twelve inch ruler is needed for another one of the drawings with the option to include a compass if desired.
I use these drawings to begin the year. It allows students to begin drawing right away without having to endure a lengthy lesson. It allows me to observe skill or experience that students may already have. It introduces and gets students acclimated to my class procedures quickly. It also allows students to become familiar with some different kinds of drawing that they are likely to do in my class. Finally, it gives their teacher a chance to catch his breath for over a week while the kids stay busy.
Your students may also enjoy Introduction to Grid Drawing Techniques.
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