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Third Grade: 16 One Minute Drawings

Posted on: February 3, 2010

Creative Reuse Lesson Plan         Third Grade: Measurement

Written by Keri Piehl for SCRAP /Whitman ES 2009-10

16 one minute drawings

Cost per student: $.01 and up

Materials: Paper, writing utensils, timer, household items

Students will create quick studies, working on quick sketching techniques.

Elements of art: line, shape

Vocabulary: sketch, gesture drawing.

1. Talk with students to review the measurement of time (seconds, minutes, hours, etc.). Note that many artists get warmed up for a drawing session by doing quick studies, or gesture drawings. As an example, have someone chose a quick and basic pose and have the students time you for 1 minute. Show how you might draw the basic elements of the figure, paying attention to how the person is sitting or standing. Work broadly, adding in detail only if you have time.

2. Have willing students add their names to a pool of volunteer models. Set up the room so each student has a piece of paper folded into sixteenths (we’re using 12”x18” newsprint) and unfolded, and a pencil or two at the ready. Make sure everyone can see the model.

3. Draw a name, have the student chose a pose (and perhaps an item to hold or wear to add interest, like draping fabric, holding an umbrella or ball, etc.) and set the timer for 1 minute. Have students draw!

4. After students do 2-3 drawings, repeating the above steps, take a break and review the main ideas about gesture drawing and reassure the perfectionist kids that it’s a quick, often messy (but not scribbly) style of drawing.

5. Proceed until you have completed 16 one minute drawings! Discuss the pros and cons of such a limited drawing time.

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