For this lesson 5th graders discussed many important art concepts. The idea for this lesson came from here with a few changes. We started off the lesson by talking about and looking at different still life examples ending this portion by looking at photorealism. A great focus for this lesson was on value and how value can give the illusion of 3D objects on a 2D surface to make shapes look real. Before we started our projects students used this value worksheet to help us understand the concept a little more.
Together students did a directed drawing of a cone, cube, sphere, and cylinder. While drawing we discussed composition and how we could arrange the objects to look visually interesting on our page. I told students that they could keep the forms they way we drew them together or if they would like to change their objects into something else they could. For instance, I gave the example of changing the sphere into an apple or the cylinder into a soda can. Most students left the objects as they were or changed just 1-2 objects. Using drawing pencils and tortillions students shading in the objects using their value worksheet as a reference.
As a final step students were to create a patterned abstract background using one color of marker.
I love the results and the change from a traditional still life/shading lesson!