Sunday, September 22, 2013

Homeschool Art Lesson With The Wooden Model

Spectrum home school lesson for drawing.

This week we drew, among other things, the wooden model man that we know as "Woody." These wooden models of the human figure are in most of the arts and craft stores. I bring the wooden model to class at least once a month. The best way to master the human figure is to draw it often in as many ways as you can.

I have the students pose the model so it is interesting and we simply draw it as a warm up or as one of several projects.

There are several approaches to drawing the model. Today we used the articulated stick figure method. We begin by drawing a stick figure with circles for the elbows, knees and other joints and straight lines for the length of the arms and legs. (Illustrated as the first drawing on the left in the example below.) The stick figure allows the drawing to all fit on the page since students have a habit of drawing the model larger than the paper they are drawing on.

After we have the figure positioned on the page then we begin to fill out the area of the figure with ovals circles and other shapes. (See the center drawing below).

By going around these shapes we further define the shapes. Lastly, we add shadows to give the roundness and dimension to the figure.  (Drawing on the right)

Tips For Drawing The Wooden Model Man From Art class.

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