Tuesday, June 4, 2013


This is a lesson I got from Artsonia.  I've tried to look for it since I saw it with no luck.  I've learned over the years that it's best to do near the end of second grade (or you could do with a higher grade).  Basically, the students fold a 12 x 18 piece of drawing paper in half and draw a person from the waist up, then fold their drawing to the inside and rub the back with something (I like a closed marker) to transfer their drawing to the other side, where they trace it):

This student is VERY compliant and literal: see how "Party" is backwards on the right?
After all the drawing and transferring is done, we use black tempera block paint to outline. [HONESTY MOMENT: this is a step I do to keep everyone about at the same spot.  This way, those who aren't done drawing/transferring get extra time and it takes quite a while with little paint brushes, thus slowing down my fast workers.  Anyone who's super behind can catch up after drawing with using Sharpie, but I like the black paint best--it shows their skill. I have a lot of these little tricks to keep students from getting too far ahead/behind.]

All that's left is to paint them.  Some years I use liquid tempera, but this year we used Biggie Cakes, and I still really loved them:

Whomever came up with this lesson originally, my students and I thank you!
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