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In Moving Lines, artist/instructor Alice Noel guides students through the exciting process of gestural drawing--quick sketches of people or objects that incorporate large, directional movement. Alice's advice is to keep this activity fun, allowing students to get away from detail-focused drawing and to embrace the spontaneity of the moment.
This lesson is an introduction to gestural line drawing providing basic definitions along with art history correlations. Children will be encouraged to focus on the energy, mass, and expression of the subject rather than on illustrated replication.
Easily accomplished in a 45- to 60-minute period.
The cognitive skills developed include eye/hand coordination, observation, and concentration. Gestural drawing has an element of gross-motor skill development as well as the expected fine-motor skills. The concept of reproducing the essential posture of a figure (rather than specific details) is reinforced in this speedy process.
Gestural drawing finds its value in loosening students up from the rigidity of tight, overly detailed drawing and fostering techniques necessary in producing quick sketches. Gestural drawing teaches the concept of making art for its intrinsic process-oriented value rather than for the production of a refined finished product. (However, teachers will delightfully discover many exciting and individualized drawings suitable for exhibition.)
Artists/Art Works That Reflect Moving Lines Techniques
Connections to Educational Standards
Moving Lines has connections to the following Kentucky Academic Expectations:
Vocabulary Used in the Lesson
Response to Art
Have students take turns explaining to the class how they chose their favorite sketch. They may also want to title their work.
Students often enjoy the instant gratification of exhibiting their work immediately after creating it. Many schools have large 4 1/2-foot rolls of colored paper to display in random lengths of 10, 12, or 14 feet along their hallways. Ask the students to create a display of all the "favorite sketches" from the class. They can quickly designate a title using the democratic process and then decide how to arrange the artwork on the colored background.
Mounting the gestural drawings on black construction paper first gives a more finished look, as well as giving the newsprint more rigidity.
This same presentation format may be used in a gymnasium, cafeteria, faculty conference room, or library.
Any student visiting a dance class or organized sports practice has ample opportunity for gestural drawing. Since these quick sketches require poses of little more than 15-20 seconds, even a shopping mall, a bank, or a public library can be a prime setting. Children can also sketch on vacations and at family reunions and gatherings.
Last Updated: Monday, 29-Dec-2008 15:23:24 EST