Reviewing Art Elements, Part 4: Draw an Imaginary Person

This lesson served as a final project (one-day) at the high school, and simply as a comprehensive exercise at the middle school.


  1. Use the manikin as a model.
    • Three students per manikin
    • All three students agree together on a pose
    • After it is positioned, do not move the manikin
  2. Draw the outlines/contours of the manikin
    • Draw what you see
    • Have the body fill the paper, but small parts may go off the edges
    • Draw lightly
  3. Create an imaginary clothed person
    • Base it on your drawing in step #2
    • Color the drawing, using a range of value to show shading and roundness
    • If time, draw an appropriate background

UPDATE 01-05-07: Student Work

I will try to get more photos, but for now I will post this 7th grader’s drawing without comment.


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Reviewing Art Elements, Part 3: Color and Texture

I based this fun art activity on this lesson plan from

I have copied the basics below in case that link every goes dead:


  1. The teacher may prepare a sample(s) ahead of time for showing to the class. Begin with a brief discussion of weaving and what it is (the interlacing of threads to form a continuous piece of fabric). Write vocabulary list on board and discuss. Show example(s).
    • Weaving — The process of forming cloth or fabric on a loom by interlacing yarn or thread (or, as in this case, paper).
    • Loom — A frame for weaving yarn or thread into cloth or fabric.
    • Warp — Threads running lengthwise on the loom. The warp is placed on the loom prior to beginning the weaving process.
    • Weft — Threads that are weaved across the warp threads to form the web.
    • Web — The cloth or fabric produced by weaving.
  2. Distribute materials and tools.
  3. Students fold one sheet of paper horizontally.
  4. Draw a line about one inch from the open end of the folded paper. This is the limit of cutting.
  5. From the fold, make irregular cuts up to the line. Cuts need not be straight. (The irregular cuts make a more interesting finished product.) Unfold and lay it flat. This will serve as the “warp” and the “loom.”
  6. Measure and cut from the second sheet of paper, one-inch wide by nine-inch strips. These will serve as the “weft.” Tip: Teacher may precut the one-inch weft strips.
  7. Begin by weaving one “weft thread” over one “warp thread” then under the next warp and over the next, etc.
  8. Continue this process alternating over and under with each weft thread. If the previous weft thread went under the warp thread, the following row will begin by going over the warp.

Instead of construction paper, I had students use the textured and decorated paper they had painted a few weeks back when we first covered color and texture

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