Posted by: dbjaquith | September 20, 2015

Drawing Around the Room

A girl uses oil pastels to draw a dragon.

A girl uses a stump to blend oil pastels in her dragon drawing.

We are off to a great start in the art studio!

Most students mixed drawing media in one drawing. This boy tested each material separately.

Most students mixed drawing media in one drawing. This boy tested each material separately.

Students are eager to get back to their art and have been exploring drawing media through the studio habit of Stretch & Explore. Students “drew around the room” with media exploration, drawing games and stop-motion drawing.

First and second graders made mixed media drawings using chalk pastels, oil pastels, graphite, colored pencils and neon markers. At the end of class we reviewed these materials to determine their properties and identify best uses for each.

Fifth graders tried out a new app called Stop Motion Studio on the classroom iPads. They filmed a drawing in-progress, from start to finish.

Students drew for 30 seconds and then a photograph was taken. When played together, the many consecutive photos create the impression of movement.

Every 30 seconds a photograph was taken of the drawings. When played together, the many consecutive photos create the impression of movement.

Super Messy!

Super Messy!

These stop-motion drawings were done with charcoal and chalk so students could erase and redraw their ideas. This was much easier than filming on digital cameras and importing into iMovie! The iPads are very spontaneous with an instant reply function. The “onion skin” aspect lets students see a ghost image of the last photograph taken so they can align the next photo without using a tripod. Will they try this again? Time will tell…

Thing/Doing is a card drawing game.

Thing/Doing is a card drawing game.

3rd and 4th graders played Drawing Games as a warm-up to drawing. They chose from six different games and then rated the games for fun and challenge. Surprisingly, the games they found the most fun had the least challenge! Thing/Doing is one of the most popular drawing games. Two stacks of cards, one pink and one blue, are placed on the table. Pink cards list nouns, such as dragon, princess, monster, dog and blue cards list verbs, such as dancing, eating, roller skating, and skateboarding. Students draw the thing on the pink card performing the action on the blue card. Then everyone tries to guess what each has drawn.

The Drawing Board Game is a typical board game with drawing challenges. Players roll dice and move around the board. When a player lands on a blank space he takes a white card. White cards give directions, such as “Move two steps back” or “Skip one turn.” When a player lands on a gray space she takes a gray card. Gray cards name a drawing challenge which players must draw. The game ends when the first player makes it to the Finish line.

The Drawing Board Game can be played by four players at a time.

The Drawing Board Game can be played by four players at a time.

 

 


Responses

  1. The drawing board game sounds interesting. Isn’t.his a commercial product or classroom generated?

    • I made these games for my students. Simple game board with cards describing things to be drawn; pink/blue cards with nouns/verbs; “I draw what you draw” copying game; pass-the-drawing where students add onto the last person’s drawing. Easy to make, fun to play!


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