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Lesson Plans

High School Drawing Projects

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Deb Rosenbaum (kaca)
Fri, 14 Aug 1998 18:08:28 -1000

I've always enjoyed wrapping something (a la Christo) and having the kids
draw it. One years we wrapped our sketchbooks with heavy white butcher
paper and twine--I told them to crinkle the paper and make it kind of a
messy wrap job. They weren't told what they were going to do with the
books at first because if they had, all of them would have done a neat wrap
job thinking it would be easier to draw. We did these on colored paper
with conte so they could use white for the highlights. Another year I set
up a chair still life and invited the students to wrap and tie it with
white sheets. The chair one was large (18 x 24" charcoal paper) and they
worked on it for almost two weeks in a darkened room with a spotlight.
After they finished the chairs we did an insect drawing study and then we
went back to the chairs drawing and drew insects crawling all over the
wrapped chairs. The pieces were awesome.

You could wrap anything. A rocking horse or a tricyle or a big bike. Its
fun to leave some parts of the object exposed.

Another suggestion is an egg drawing. We drew eggs for several days trying
to get the shading just right and then the kids developed a composition
using eggs. Many opted for puns or eggs in unusual situations. They had a
lot of fun with it and we called the final show and Eggsibit!

Deb Rosenbaum