Being able to draw, or being an artist, is a sought after skill among most children. Somewhere around the age of 7 or 8, creativity dwindles and children become less convinced that being able to draw truly is a life skill. And so it remains with most adults today. Drawing is admirable; but for many, unneeded and untaught. Even art lessons in todays elementary classes have turned into craft time. The academics of drawing aren't discussed. People have forgotten that drawing aids in developing critical thinking skills, problem solving, develops patience, enhances communication and cultural appreciation. Here is your chance to change the world. Even without drawing skills of your own, you can definitely teach the principles that help the students learn by doing.
Lesson 5 is about contrast; using light and dark. Students will be challenged with a "still-life" assignment and learn some interesting art history. This lesson features links to images, an observation assignment, critique activities and an expanded lesson idea.