In this unit, artists learn to draw from observation; first finding the basic shapes that make up an object, and then observing them carefully in order to capture all the unique details. They bring in their favorite toy to draw, then they fill the background with details that show where their toy goes in their imagination.

Scope & Sequence:

Lesson 1: In this lesson, artists are introduced to the concept of a ‘still life’. They learn basic observational skills then try their hand at a still life of their teacher’s creation. They are asked to bring in their favorite toy from home for the next lesson.

Lesson 2: In this lesson, artists bring in their favorite toy to draw. They use the skills that they learned in Lesson 1 (breaking something down line by line) to draw.

Lesson 3: In this lesson, student artists show where they ‘go’ with their toys in their imagination through background illustration.

Lesson 4: Students will have two days to finish drawing and coloring their project. During Lesson 4 they will learn various color layering and marker techniques that they can choose from as they work.

Lesson 5: Artists have the entire day to finish.

Lesson 6: Optional. A final day for finishing.

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The above will take you to a supply list that assumes a class size of 30. Adjust according to your needs. 

Books & Media:

 Art Elements: 

line, shape/form, color, value, texture


Art Principles: 

pattern, proportion/scale


National Core Visual Art Standards:

VA:Cr1.2.3a, VA:Cr1.1.4a, VA:Cr1.1.5a, VA:Cr2.1.4a, VA:Cr1.1.5a, VA:Cr2.3.1a, VA:Cr3.1.5a, VA:Cr3.1.3a, VA:Re.7.1.3a, VA:Re.7.1.5a, VA:Re.7.2.4a, VA:Re.7.2.3a




Language Arts (connect to a narrative or imaginative writing assignment), Mathematics (shapes/proportion/comparison), Dramatics (story telling)


Common Core Standards: 

SL.3.1b, SL.4.1b, SL.5.1b, SL.3.1c, SL.4.1c, SL.5.1c, SL.3.1d, SL.3.2, SL.3.3, SL.3.4, SL.4.4, SL.5.4, SL.4.5, SL.5.5, W.4.1d, W.5.1d, W.4.2, W.5.2, W.4.4 W.5.4, W.3.8, 2.G.3, 3.NF.1



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