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Can’t Resist Still Life with Soap

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will draw a still life from observation on black paper. Students will trace the lines using pieces of soap. Students will add color using colored pencils. Upon completion, students will wash the soap away, leaving a black resist line.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will work on refining contour line drawing with emphasis on line weight distribution.

Students will experiment with alternate media choices and non-traditional mark-making tools.

Students will learn to draw from observation.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Set up a central still life in-the-round based on simple yet colorful objects (floral).
  • Demonstrate the use of colored pencil modeling/shading.
  • Demonstrate drawing in soap, adding value in color, and washing art for resist.
  • Discuss contour line drawings and line weight distribution.

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National Standards


Create

Identify and demonstrate diverse methods of artistic investigation to choose an approach for beginning a work of art.

VA:Cr1.2.5a

Experiment and develop skills in multiple art-making techniques and approaches through practice.

VA:Cr2.1.5a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

35 minutes

Demonstration Time

20 minutes

Student Studio Time

1 hour and 25 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • 12” x 18” black 90 lb. drawing paper
  • Yellow drawing pencils and erasers
  • Colored pencils and sticks
  • Prismacolor pencils
  • Broken pieces of soap
  • Newspaper sheets
  • Washcloths or hand towels
  • Sink with running water
  • Still life objects
  • Supplemental resources

National Standards


Create

Identify and demonstrate diverse methods of artistic investigation to choose an approach for beginning a work of art.

VA:Cr1.2.5a

Experiment and develop skills in multiple art-making techniques and approaches through practice.

VA:Cr2.1.5a

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Steps

Observe Still Life

Observe central in-the-round still life. Consider how it looks from different angles and perspectives.

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Instructional Materials

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Create a Still Life Viewfinder

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Basic Drawing Vocabulary

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Worksheet

Comparing Interpretations

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5 Steps to an Interesting Still Life

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The Three Essentials of Still Life Drawing

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Critique

Gallery Walk Guide

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