When I practiced this lesson with my own kids, it made me laugh because they begged for me to to turn the image right-side up for them to draw it. Something about an upside-down drawing drives kids nuts. Its hard to shut off the part of the brain that wants to see an image and to just let the lines be lines. I tried to explain to my kids the whole point of the exercise. As we draw, we need to simplify everything to OiLS (remember week 1?) and not even think about the subject matter. Upside-down drawings train us to do just that. Unfortunately, my kids didn’t care about the reasoning, and we even had to deal with some tears before the drawing was finished. Art is hard, people.
I chose the Statue of Liberty because of the loose, imperfect drape of her robes. I tried to create a drawing that appears almost abstract, only becoming recognizable towards the top when adding the head and arm. Hopefully this encourages students to focus on the lines and not the subject matter. Even if they do recognize it as they draw, the point of the exercise remains the same- study what you see. Don’t draw the Statue of Liberty from inside your head, draw the upside-down one you see in front of you.
One print-out of Statue of Liberty (2 pages)
Lined print-out for each student
Black construction paper or file folder
Optional: colored pencils or historical info on the Statue of Liberty
Each of the lessons below includes the print-outs you will need. The age levels are a general guideline, so use the image you think best for your class. The lesson for abecedarians includes two options because a class of four- to five-year-olds may need a simpler image and more structure.
Lesson plan for Cycle 3 Week 3- Statue of Liberty Ages 4-6
Lesson plan for Cycle 3 Week 3- Statue of Liberty Ages 7-9
Lesson plan for Cycle 3 Week 3- Statue of Liberty Ages 10-11