I've attempted figure drawing in grade school a few times ... it's been ... what I would categorize as, unsuccessful.
Until - I had a lightbulb idea to approach figure drawing through the eyes of the artist, Keith Haring. Such a better, more successful idea! Kids found it fun and "easy", I found it fun and rewarding! We started by viewing the artwork of Keith Haring and learning a bit about him and his life and work habits.
Using the guidelines above students completed 1 or 2 teacher directed figures in the style of Keith Haring. I stressed the way that Keith Haring drew his figure's heads and made sure that his characters didn't get too skinny.
I then handed out the Figure Drawing with Keith Haring sheet that's shown below. I had filled in some of the squares with figures from Keith Haring's artwork and left 6 squares open. Students took turns modeling for the class while everyone drew them (in a style like Keith Haring) in each of the empty squares. At the end of class students had a great reference sheet for their future Keith Haring poster project.
The posters are coming out really great, and as always, it never ceases to amaze me how creative kids are.
You can find the lesson plan and handout used for this particular lesson below or in the shop up top
Lesson Plan: Figure Drawing with Keith Haring
Figure Drawing with Keith Haring
Keith Haring Poster Lesson Plan.
This is a full lesson plan that outlines the objective, expected outcomes, materials, procedure, and assessment. It also includes a rubric, the really popular Figure Drawing with Keith Haring handout and ideas on extending the lesson for early finishers or students with a deep interest.
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