By Matt Fussell
Figure drawing can intimidate some students. It is however, an essential part of visual art education. This lessons breaks figure drawing down into a simple to follow methodology that beginning art students can be successful with. I have found great success with this lesson with students in Art 1, although this lesson is probably also appropriate for middle school.
Materials: Black, Brown, Gray drawing paper, Newsprint paper, pencils, oil pastels
Class Level: Art 1
Overview and Purpose: Students will become familiar with the element- “shape” and use shape to draw to the human figure. Students will create a finished drawing of a figure from a photo using gesture drawing and shape drawing.
Guided Practice: On day three, students will bring a photo of a figure and work from that photo to create a finished drawing using oil pastels. Paper size can vary, but I usually use 12" by 18" sheets of gray or black paper. Toned paper creates contrast for the oil pastels.
Review: Light source, value, illusion of form and space
Estimated Duration: 5 days
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