Tag: CC drawing

  • Cycle 1 Week 6- Chinese Kites

    Cycle 1 Week 6- Chinese Kites

    To complete the first six weeks of Cycle 1 we’ll be drawing Chinese kites.  The lesson plan touches on mirror-image drawing, one-point perspective, and abstract design.  That’s a lot, but I hope the kids feel confident in their knowledge and enjoy drawing their final piece. Many historians believe that China is the birthplace of the…

  • Cycle 1 Week 2- Greek Vases

    Cycle 1 Week 2- Greek Vases

    The Foundations Guide suggests using Greek vases to practice mirror-image drawing, and whad’ya know!  That works perfectly for Cycle 1 and ancient civilizations. We know that the Greeks used symmetry in architecture, and we can see this same love of order and balance in their art.  Most of their pottery was symmetrical in shape and…

  • Cycle 3 Week 6- The White House (final drawing)

    Cycle 3 Week 6- The White House (final drawing)

    For the final drawing I usually don’t try and include all the concepts from the previous five weeks, but this year I gave it a go.  In order to pound those pegs in a little deeper, this project will touch on mirror-image drawing, perspective, shading, and, just by its nature of being a drawing, OiLs.…

  • Cycle 3 Week 5- Washington Monument Perspective Drawing

    Cycle 3 Week 5- Washington Monument Perspective Drawing

    This was my first week back to CC and, boy, am I feeling it.  Maybe also because my husband has been gone for a week, I’m planning my daughter’s fifth birthday party, and I have four loads of laundry staring at me.  Whatever the reason, I’m a little tired and I’m going to blame that…

  • Cycle 2 Week 15- Degas’ Dancers

    Cycle 2 Week 15- Degas’ Dancers

    As a girl I loved looking at Degas’ work.  I was enamored by the beautiful ballerinas in voluminous tutus practicing their movements .  It seemed effortlessly feminine.  Though most of his work focuses on the female form, he also did paintings of men and children in everyday life.  The overarching theme in his work is the human figure,…

  • Cycle 2 Week 5- Cities in Perspective

    Cycle 2 Week 5- Cities in Perspective

    Cityscapes are a wonderful way to use perspective drawing techniques.  Luckily, the geography for this week is European Cities, a perfect jumping off point for drawing buildings in perspective. The drawings this week are inspired by vintage travel posters.  They always have a dynamic sense of depth due to…. you guessed it, perspective!  These are the posters…

  • Cycle 2 Week 4- Abstract Native American Salmon

    Cycle 2 Week 4- Abstract Native American Salmon

    For week four, the lesson combines Native American art (timeline card “Early Native Americans”) and abstract art.  First, let’s define abstract.  It is a category of art that represents imagery in a simplistic or distorted manner.  Under this category is non-objective art, which takes out the recognizable image completely, and we are left with just…

  • Cycle 2 Week 3- Book of Kells

    Cycle 2 Week 3- Book of Kells

    For week three students will be doing an upside-down drawing.  The concept is about training our brains to see the image solely as a group of lines and shapes.  It also relates back to OiLs and the ability to describe and duplicate lines. It is so, so, SO important to teach students to look at the object in front…

  • Cycle 2 Week 2- Geometric Bear

    Cycle 2 Week 2- Geometric Bear

    Fine Art for week two is Mirror Images.  The exercises this week are great for training students to pay attention to shapes and angles, while also practicing the skill of manipulating images in their head.  They will need to study the shapes and be able to flip them around in their mind’s eye before they…