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Middle [6th-8th] Powerpoint

Observational Drawing

Created on November 13, 2019 by MrsImpey

This is an entire observational drawing unit put into a power point. It uses a short note & practice section to learn 3 basic drawing exercises (blind contour, contour, and gesture drawing) and then three mini-projects and a final project.

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10+ sessions; 40 minutes per session

1. SWBAT practice drawing exercises to improve their observational skills.
2. SWBAT draw from real life.
3. SWBAT identify when something in their drawing does not look "real".
4. SWBAT observe values and shade them appropriately.

1. Still life setup
2. Drawing paper
3. Drawing media of choice
4. Mat board
5. Adhesive of choice

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Day 1: Run through the notes and practice exercises for gesture drawing, blind contour, and contour drawing.

Day 2: Review Project #1, Blind contour drawing. Watch the TED talk video in the presentation and then begin.

Day 3: Finish blind contour drawings.

Day 4-5: Review project #2, Contour drawing. Watch the video embedded in the presentation and begin.

Day 6-7: Review project #3, observing values, and complete the assignment.

Day 8-10: Complete the final still life drawing.

Day 11: Take the drawings from all 4 projects and frame them together on a giant piece of matboard, carefully tacking them on with glue.

1. - great presentation that I borrowed some information from for my slides.

2. - This is where I got the power point template from.


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 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[5-8] Students generalize about the effects of visual structures and functions and reflect upon these effects in their own work
[5-8] Students select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of their 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


Proportion/Size, Shape, Movement, Space, Form, Line, Color/Value



  • The_smARTteacher 11/13/2019 at 05:47pm
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  • wenyue 01/27/2022 at 06:19am