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Middle [6th-8th] Lesson Plan

Drawing with Light

Created on July 19, 2012 by MsFoushee

A unique lesson to help teach middle school students about line.

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1. SWBAT demonstrate the definition of line:"the path of a moving point through space."
2. SWBAT use and adjust a digital camera.

1. digital camera with adjustable shutter speed(I have an Elph)
2. hand-held LED light (like the kind you get on keychains)
3. student sketchbooks, pencils
4. color printer, paper or photo
5. document camera
6. a supply closet or space that is dimly lit in the classroom

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1. Discuss with class: what does the definition of "line" ("the path of a moving point through space") really mean? What is the moving point? How does it move through space? Is the "space" always your paper?
2. Show images of Pablo Picasso drawing with light from Life article below. (Article is copy/pasted onto a Word doc and attached). Read article as class.
3. Using document camera, show students how to adjust the shutter speed on a digital camera.
4. Pair students to make preparatory sketches. They should be simple enough to draw without details. Practice the sketch several times so they've "got it."
5. You will need a secondary project for students to work on as they take turns photographing. Each pair of students will make sure the camera is set correctly and photograph each other as they draw in the dark. They will each draw their sketch with the LED light as the other works the camera.
6. After all students have taken a turn "drawing," print the photographs.

pop quiz, see attached

I didn't think of this until afterwards, but you could even have students replicated their light drawing in the photograph with wire so they have a 2D and a 3D version.

Pablo Picasso


Drawing, Photography

  • vjensen 08/02/2012 at 01:08pm
    This looks like a very fascinating activity!!

  • Linnea 08/14/2012 at 11:12am
    I'm SO excited to use this lesson! Thank you!!

  • Jenncook678 08/15/2012 at 09:16am
    This is an inspired way to incorporate the kinesthetic learner, I can't wait to try this, thank you!

  • DaliCat 12/02/2012 at 04:06pm
    I saw this lesson some place else and tried it with two of my advance photo students and their photos are awesome!