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Multiple Level Lesson Plan

Fruit Stages Oil Pastels

Created on March 29, 2020 by Catriplett1

Students will try to capture stages of fruits (being eaten) as realistic as possible using oil pastels. Purchase the fruits and allow them to eat small portions and take pictures along the way.

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9 sessions; 45 minutes per session

1. SWBAT demonstrate oil pastel blending and techniques.

2.SWBAT define scale.

3.SWBAT define proportion.

4. SWBAT define and demonstrate layering.

1. Something to take digital images with (camera, iPad, iPhone, etc)

2. A variety of real fruit. (My classes were relatively small so I purchased the students fruit or veggie for them) If you have large classes you can purchase the fruits, eat them and take pictures as you go

3. Printer or digital device to display the images taken.

4. Pencil and white paper

5. Oil Pastels

6. Blending stumps, cotton swabs, tissues.

7. Large pastel paper (18x24)

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1. Poll Students- What fruit or veggie would be challenging, but not impossible, to draw realistically? Which one would you eat. Purchase fruits and veggies of students choice. (5 minutes of class several days before your start this project so you can purchase fruits).

2. Introduce class to Realism and show examples of realism works (I choose Gustave Courbet. (15 Minutes)

3. Give each student their chosen fruit or veggie. Wash and dry the food. (15-30 minutes)
a. Have them place the fruit on the white paper and trace it, so that when they remove it they will know where to place it later one. Take a picture of their fruit.
b. Have them take a bite of their fruit, place it back on the paper (in the correct position) and take a picture.
c. student will continue step "b" over and over until they are left any "inedible" parts of the fruit (stems, core, peel, seeds, etc.

4. Students will now go through their pictures. They must use their beginning picture and end picture, but they must choose 1-2 middle pictures that they like to use for their final drawing. ( 10 Minutes)

5. Students will take some time practicing drawing their fruit in each chosen stage, focusing on details. They must also decide which stage will be their dominant image (the biggest drawing on the page, all other will be drawn in 4x6 boxes in the corners). (20-30 minutes)

6. Once they feel comfortable, students maybe begin drawing 4x6 boxes in the corners (if they have 3 images total, they will need 2 boxes, if they have 4 images they will need 3, because one image will be drawn large in the background). They will also begin lightly sketching the shapes of their fruits.(20-45 minutes).

7. Student use their remainder of they classes working form box to box (they can choose where to start) coloring, layering, blending and adding details to each box to make each image of their fruit look as realistic as possible. Students may decide what background color/colors to use and if they would like to add a border/outline around each of the 4x6 drawings to separate them out.

Depending on how quickly your students work, they may need more than 9 days total, that's up to you!


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

[5-8] Students select media, techniques, and processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of their choices
[9-12 Advanced] Students communicate ideas regularly at a high level of effectiveness in at least one visual arts medium

Visual Arts Standard 2:
Using knowledge of structures and functions

[9-12 Proficient] Students create artworks that use organizational principles and functions to solve specific visual arts problems
[9-12 Proficient] Students demonstrate the ability to form and defend judgments about the characteristics and structures to accomplish commercial, personal, communal, or other purposes of art

Gustave Courbet


Balance, Color/Value, Contrast, Proportion/Size, Shape, Texture