I got some fantastic results from some of my students ages 11-18 on this one. I’ll post them up later when I grab some student sample after the holiday break.
I purchased 10 artist’s manikins which are about a foot tall from IKEA. They run about $6 each. I arranged one manikin per table in a twisting or energetic pose (each table seats six students.) I admonished students not to move the manikins.
Materials: white letter-sized copier paper, regular writing pencil (2H)
- Select a portion of the manikin on your table to draw.
- Draw this portion large to fill the paper. Go off the edges of the paper. Draw the outlines lightly.
- Create form and contrast by filling in the drawing with a full range of value. Draw what you see.
- If you have time afterward, fill in a contrasting background.
Here is my demonstration drawing, done in black colored pencil so that it could be seen clearly across the classroom:
- Drew large
- Drew only a portion
- Drew a range of values
- Followed the steps in order
- Optional: drew a contrasting background
UPDATE 01-05-07: Student Work
These are some of the best work from my high schoolers:
And from my middle schoolers: