After I looked over the student's #2 sketch assignment (which was to create a 3-object still life, shine a light on it, and draw it with value), I realized that they really didn't know how to properly observe light and shadow, and they didn't know how to properly utilize value in their drawings. On a whim, I brought down six of my mannequins from the elementary room and we spent a period sketching one of them in our sketchbooks. They really enjoyed it and asked if we could work on these more the next day, which gave me the idea for this sketch project.
Believe it or not, Friday was the end of the 5 week marking period already! Art projects are worth 40% of their grade, and they have technically only completed one project, the elements of art infographic. This was a great thing to do not only to teach them more about value, but also to increase that portion of their grade for the 5 week report card.
You can find the note packet I am using for this 2-D media unit, as well as the rubric for this project and the next drawing project on the SmARTteacher website.