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This is a perfect observational drawing project for high school students.
It asks them to use the most simple of all subjects - the APPLE - and do 3 different style drawings.
I love to do this project during fall, and actually go pick apples for them! (it's cheap/exciting) and then they pick their own apple to draw from in class. You could always just have them bring in an apple from home / buy them at the grocery store / even use a photo off their phones...but it works great if they have an actual apple.
Students are asked to do three drawings, making for an awesome final presentation:
1. An observational value drawing of their apple with pencil (using shading techniques)
2. A pencil crayon coloured version of the apple (this builds on the previous skill of looking at value and contrast)
3. A creative version of the apple - using WHATEVER materials they want
(they get amazingly creative with this! Stencils with the actual apple, printmaking, spray paint, sculpture...students love this option!)
I think it's important for students to have lots of choices with projects - and this project is no exception. Plus it opens up some great discussions around materials/learning the rules/learning to break them etc.
I have them mount the final 3 artworks together in one long horizontal or vertical artwork. They look wicked.
Also included is a simple rubric in case you want to include the mark as an assessment.