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Middle [6th-8th] Lesson Plan

Mannekins in Motion

Created on November 07, 2013 by lsgraham

Students increase drawing skills by practicing observational drawing from a mannekin still life.

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4 sessions; 60 minutes per session

Use the elements of art: shape, form, rhythm
Use line to create value
Use artistic process such as prep, drafts and final solutions
Place a variety of works in historical and cultural contexts (portraits, figures)
Discuss the purpose, value and meaning of art.

Pencils, erasers
12" mannekins (4)
Colored pencils
Watered down tempera paint
Drawing paper
Scissors, glue

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1. Discuss and practice drawing techniques.
2. Take turns moving a mannekin into different positions. Draw the figure to practice proportion and correct shapes.
3. Choose a practice form and enhance it to create a final figure.
4. Add shading to give the illusion of form.
5. Using watered down paint, drop or splat paint on the paper. Use a straw to blow air and move around the paint for a surreal effect. Once dry, outline in black sharpie.
6. Cut out form and attach to painted background. Use charcoal to add a shadow.

Drawing skills drastically improve with more hands on practice.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[5-8] Students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas

Visual Arts Standard 3:
Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas

[5-8] Students use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks

Leonardo da Vinci

Cubism, Renaissance, Surrealism

Movement, Proportion/Size

Collage, Colored Pencil, Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting