Stacie - Here are a couple of things that I do to create interest and
activity when teaching drawing. The subject that I use for contour drawing is
"shoes". I have a basket of shoes that were collected from the gym at the end of
the school year. I ran them through the school washer to avoid complaints
of stinky shoes! Anyway, after kids have mastered the contour drawing idea,
they make a background for their drawing by printmaking shoe soles!! We ink
the old shoes with white ink and print them on black paper. Sometimes we do a
large collage of shoes on black roll paper, and sometimes each child makes
his own mat. They love it!
From shoe drawing I pump the kids up with the idea of a field trip within the
school. We take a field trip to the school snack machine and each child
purchases or brings in a "subject" for a pop art drawing. I give them a brown
paper bag for storing their junk food, only to be eaten after the assignment
is complete. (I collect bags each day).
We take the pop art subjects back to the room where they carefully open them
and arrange them in an interesting composition on a piece of paper. I give
them paper strips that they use to make a viewfinder by putting strips right
on top of the candies. Their objective is to "zoom in and enlarge". I give
them a 9 inch square project paper and they have to extend their subject
beyond the edge on at least three sides. Then they do a contour drawing of their
composition.. We then have nice drawings, and I bring out the colored
pencils and teach modeling, value, and shading with colored pencil.
I will send some pics to you or Judy. I don't think I can post them.