I know you are looking for some quick warm-up activities to use with
5th and 6th graders.... (I have read all of the posts on drawing and
I did find this old post from Carolyn R. The students did enjoy these
When I was teaching middle school, I always wanted the students to come in,
sit down and start working. I found that the quicker they began drawing,
the quicker they settled down. Ever thought about how quiet it is on the
first day of a new lesson...they are so engrossed.....
I bought a Mark Kistler "Draw Squad" book and used the drawings in there for
warmups. One year, I made copies of the individual "how to's" and had them
on the table when the students came in. They would grab their
journal/sketchbooks and their "how-to" sheet and start working.
Then, I changed this and began using the overhead to "draw together" with
basically the same things. We started with the boxes, spheres, pyramids,
etc. in perspective and they didn't even know they were drawing in
perspective....and then when we actually got into perspective, they
understood it much easier.
The other day, I had two students who are now in high school tell me how
much they enjoyed those little warm-up drawings...and they were sitting
there drawing some of them to show me that they remembered.
Check this out on the internet...there are a few on-line lessons to get you
started. Then you can check out the book, if you like it.
At a previous school, I had loose paper ready to go (1/2 sheets of copy
paper), in boxes as the kids walked in. They grabbed a sheet, sat down,
I introduced a quick warm/up (5-10 min). Then they got down to work...
Actually this grew out of a need for more transition/set-up time between
classes. During the warmup I'd pass out the ongoing projects or some of
the supplies ready for the rest of class that day.
I saved those sketches all year in copy paper boxes, categorized by
class and grade, then each student assembled their sketches into a book
at the end of the year. Parents looked forward to these books.
Dick Blick carries it, too - but it is out of stock right now
(according to the web site).
On 8/12/06, chris massingill wrote:
> Hello All,
> I am switching from Elementary once a week to
> Intermediate (5th & 6th grade) where I will see my
> students daily for one quarter. I am thinking about
> daily rituals and have seen some that I like, but
> because of time constraints (40 minute classes) I'm
> not sure about drawing exercises, and so I'm thinking
> about getting a book called "Daily Warm-Ups: Art" and
> I was wondering if anyone else uses this book and if
> you would recommend it. I would really like to see
> some examples of the warm ups included, but sadly,
> Amazon doesn't carry this edition.
> Thanks for your help,