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Re: drawing animals with gesture

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lindacharlie (lindacharlie)
Wed, 24 Mar 1999 05:06:21 -0500

I give my third graders a lesson on gesture drawing as part of a unit on
the human figure. They seem to relate to the idea of gesture, or
direction of movement, in a concrete way as with the figure in motion. I
think the concept of "gestural drawing" of animate or inanimate objects
is pretty abstract for elementary students to grasp.
We scan Homer's "Snap the Whip", and talk about the way the body bends
at knees, elbows neck, etc.Then they take turns doing 1 or 2-minute
poses that are inspired by the ways they move their bodies out on the
playground. Drawing is done with the side of a broken fat crayon which
forces them away from drawing details. For the next lesson we do
"nudies"—kids pose again only in place of the crayon, using skin tones
of paint. (Although my school is 99% caucasian, we avoid the basic
"peach." I put out paper plates with approximate amounts of
blue/orange/white. They mix the colors and end up with a variety of skin
colors- an incidental lesson in mixing complementaries.)
They do as many nudies as they can in one period. Next time they choose
their three best ones and paint clothes and features on them.
These are cut out and collaged onto painted playground landscapes from a
previous lesson.
This unit ties in with 3rd grade soc. stud. curriculum and field trip to
the one room school house.
Maybe Karla can come up with animal models or pictures of running
animals and have the kids draw the animals gestures (direction of
motion) keeping in mind the developmental levels of young children.
And now, off to Washington!!!
Linda in Michigan