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Walking the Line
In Walking the Line, artist/instructor Becky Gallion leads students through the process of contour drawing. Becky defines "contour" as the outline of something, especially something curvy or odd-shaped. She says contour drawings are fun to do because they're fast and kind of funny-looking: "All you have to do is observe very closely the object you're looking at and then draw that object very quickly. You are concentrating on just the shapes you see, not the details."
An introduction to basic line drawing, including a definition, examples from art history, and three drawing exercises. Children will focus on drawing what they see rather than on drawing from memory.
One hour would give enough time for an introduction, discussion, and three drawing exercises.
The cognitive skills developed in Walking the Line include eye/hand coordination, concentration and observation, and-most importantly-risk-taking. In doing contour line drawing, students experience the act of drawing. They see how to take a real object and let a continuous line capture its shape. They learn the concepts of positive and negative space, and they experience the enjoyment of manipulating a line, but only after the experience of having to relinquish control of the product.
Contour drawing helps students learn to draw what they see rather than what they think they see, allowing them an opportunity to observe how each student perceives objects differently.
The purposes of teaching contour line drawing to children are
Artists/Art Works That Reflect Contour Drawing Techniques
Connections to Educational Standards
Walking the Line relates to the following Kentucky Academic Expectations:
Vocabulary Used in the Lesson
Remember the rules! Don't look at your paper, and don't lift up your marker.
Response to Art
Have students go around the classroom and show their drawings to one another. They can discuss how different each drawing looks and what they learned about perception and drawing what they see rather than what they think.
The contour drawings look best displayed on colorful mats. Construction paper works well. Put glue on the back of the drawing at each corner and center the drawing in the middle of the construction paper mat. Be sure to have the students sign their names at the bottom of the drawings. This is important because it allows students to take pride in their finished products.
There are many ways to conduct this exercise. A student or two can volunteer to pose for a figure drawing, or the interior of the classroom can be used as the subject. Students particularly enjoy drawing one of their shoes or their own hand. Innovative computer applications also abound. (IBM's Paintbox is just one program that works well. Students will learn to use the mouse instead of the pencil or other drawing tools.)
Edwards, Betty. Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain.
Last Updated: Monday, 29-Dec-2008 15:23:24 EST