This is a really open-ended drawing project that I use with my senior grades to push their creativity to the limit!
I've noticed time and time again that students LOVE drawing EYES.
When we do portraiture, it's always the part that they enjoy the most.
This project is based around the idea of "The Eyes Are A Window [to the soul]" - and how can they incorporate this idea into a final drawing.
It asks them to create a drawing with any material (of course you could tweak this for whatever works for your unit) of an eye, but their task is to RE-mix it...and to show an idea/theme in their artwork, which is why it's perfect for senior grades.
They're asked to explore this main idea: how can you show the internal feelings, thoughts, emotions of a person through an external feature - their eyes?
Included in this package are:
-The project handout, with a mini lesson on the parts of the eye
(we always practice this in their sketchbooks multiple times before beginning)
-A page of a few exemplars to get their creativity flowing
(you could print this, or just project it onto a whiteboard)
-A rubric to make marking easy for you - broken down into various categories
-The final step is an artist statement...by senior grades, they usually have practiced it before. If not, there's loads of templates and resources online for them to research
These make for a FANTASTIC group display as part of an art show or in a display case at school. Students are always proud of their final artworks.
TIP - I often do a "BEFORE/AFTER" sketchbook page:
-get them to draw what they think an eye looks like without actually looking at a reference
(make sure they aren't facing another student - ideally you want them to have no sources to reference at all)
-then get them to draw the eye of someone else in the class, based off observation
-then teach them the parts of the eye, and have them re-draw it again
...they can really see their progress!!!