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Middle [6th-8th] Lesson Plan

Broken Values

Created on February 19, 2015 by verofla

The student will draw a subject of their choice and break it into shapes. The student will focus on creating values using graphite pencils. The student will also incorporate color to direct emphasis to an area of interest.

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6 sessions; 45 minutes per session

SWAT carefully observe details and draw what they see.
SWAT create a value scale within each shape of their drawing.
SWAT identify elements of design and principles of design in their drawing: shape, line, value, emphasis, pattern and unity.

12x14 in Drawing Paper
Colored Pencils
Scratch Paper

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Day 1: Art History
Introduce Cubism and artist who were influential to the movement. Picasso, Leger, Braque. View their works and discuss. Use Handouts or PPT

Day 2: Introduce element of design: Value
- What is the definition of value?
- How can we use pencils to show value?
- Complete Value Scale Handout in class

Day 3: Drawing
- Brainstorm and find an interesting subject to draw. Ex: cars, animals, flowers, insects, etc…
- Work in Sketchbook and begin on final 12x14 in drawing paper
- Draw 1/2 in border before beginning
- Sketch in drawing so it covers at least 80% of the paper
- After sketching in image go back and add any details left out.

Day 4-6: Workdays
- Decide where Emphasis should be added.
- What is the most important part of the drawing?
- Section that part off with a shape – it needs to be a different type of shape from the shape you are going to use to “break up” your drawing.
Example – If you broke up your image using geometric shapes, section off your area of emphasis using an organic shape

- Decide how you want to “Break-Up” your drawing.
• Remember – your ENTIRE page will be divided up
• Think about the cubist artists we covered like Picasso, Leger, Braque and the styles they used on their paintings
– Picasso/Braque were more geometric and Leger used a lot of organic shapes

- Think about using interesting line patterns or organic/geometric shapes

- Start adding values to each section – encourage use of a cover sheet to prevent smudges
- Take care to not add value to the area of Emphasis – color will be added later

- Start adding value to corners – Work from dark to light – like a mini-value column
- Use Pencil Pressure – try not to use blending with finger
- Some areas may be all black, all grey, or all white

- Keep each section separate
– You don’t want the same values next to each other or the shapes that have been sectioned off will start blending together

- When finished adding value throughout the drawing start adding color to your area of Emphasis.

- Layer and blend the colored pencils
– Make sure they are bright, vivid and bold so it stands out

Quiz students on art history and elements and principles of design.

Assess the quality of the student's final with a rubric.
- Is their main subject easily identified?
- Are the values within each section well drawn using pencil pressure?
- Is there an area of emphasis?

The students were very dedicated to their pieces and were successful in creating a finished piece.

Georges Braque, Fernand Leger, Pablo Picasso



Colored Pencil, Drawing

  • gini55 02/22/2015 at 09:12pm
    I'm gonna try this with my students!