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Multiple Level Lesson Plan

Observational Contour Hands 2

Created on October 11, 2013 by CaptureCreativity

This project is always a great way to practice basic observational drawing techniques. A great way to start the year and build student confidence!

35 Keeps, 12 Likes, 2 Comments

6 sessions; 45 minutes per session

SWBAT improve their ability to draw from observation.
SWBAT define, identify and create a contour drawing.
SWBAT demonstrate a high level of craft.

1. Pencil
2. Sketch Paper
3. White Drawing Paper
4. 9x12 Colored Construction Paper
5. Black Sharpie
6. Scissors
7. Rubber Cement
8. Sign Language Chart

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1. Practice the contour drawing process (probably for a couple days)
—Move your eyes at the same speed as your pencil
—If your eyes are moving, your pencil should be too
—If your eyes stop, your pencil should too
—Follow both edges and ridges of your hand (outside & inside lines)
—Leave your modeling hand in the same position the entire time
—Move slowly
—Be Patient
2. Select 3 sign language hand gestures (can be your initials)
3. Draw several versions of each gesture onto your white paper.
4. Select the best version of each gesture.
5. Trace all lines with black marker.
6. Cut hands out of white paper.
7. Mount cutout hands on construction paper.
8. Display for all to see!

Students are assessed on a rubric that is given out before the project. They are graded on a scale of 0-3 for categories including: Craft, Use of Materials and Technique, and Use of Class Time.

Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece

Balance, Line, Proportion/Size, Shape, Space

Drawing, Marker

  • jonistuart 01/23/2014 at 01:03am
    I've done a similar lesson, but used water soluble markers and then used a wet paintbrush to blur some of the lines, paint values, and increase line quality. I like the idea of the sign language hands. I will try that next time.

  • CaptureCreativity 01/24/2014 at 04:07pm
    Thanks! Your variation sounds pretty nifty. Please post—I'd love to see it!