Wild and Wacky Hair Line Drawings

I like to start the kids off each year with a line drawing warm-up. The sixth graders seem to enjoy this one in particular. We start by drawing a large “U” on a piece of white paper and follow with strategies for drawing hair–but not just regular hair–hair using shapes. I talk about the difference between a line and a shape and encourage the students to create shapes to be filled in later with patterns.
The biggest challenge for this project is making sure the kids draw shapes, not scribbles or lines. Most do it really well, but a few can’t resist the urge to let their pen go wild. And who can blame them? This is a great project to let the kids imaginations run free. I don’t put too many restrictions on the “type” of drawing, only encouraging the kids to have fun and be as creative as possible.
One of the best thing about this lesson, is that most of it can be accomplished in one 50 minute class. If not, the kids can pull this artwork out anytime throughout the year and continue to work on it. It makes a great time buster.

The source for this lesson came from the Whitney May School Website. The teacher uploads many of her projects for people to peruse.

Art work done by Mrs. Evans, Ms. Graybill’s and Mrs. Young’s 6th grade class at Mountain View School
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4 comments

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  2. connie says:

    This lesson originated in Arts & Activities magazine , some years ago…..

  3. Jen Cooper says:

    There’s a book by Neil Gaimen called “Crazy Hair” which can be a perfect literacy link to a project like this.

  4. [...] great! Then they were asked to add shapes for the mane, and fill them with lines and patterns, a la Deep Space Sparkle, as envisioned by That Little Art Teacher with lions. I think my students were really pleased with [...]

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  6. Stacy says:

    We did a similar project in my class this year, but if the students wanted to draw a man, they made a rainbow at the top of the paper for his bald head and then added a beard rather than hair.

  7. [...] Grade Typically, I begin the year with a line drawing. One of my absolute favorites is the Wild Hair Line Drawing. Kids really get into this one and I like it because of the easy prep. Like most line drawings, [...]

  8. [...] I begin the year with a line drawing. One of my absolute favorites is the Wild Hair Line Drawing. Kids really get into this one and I like it because of the easy prep. Like most line drawings, [...]

  9. Anne Marie says:

    I love your ideas Patty. They have so much style and personality. I have an idea for this lesson. The boys in the class could draw a man’s face and give him dreadlocks of different lengths done on bright yellow paper. Kind of a reggae twist.

  10. [...] we did Wild and Wacky Hair Line Drawings, a free lesson from the Deep Space Sparkle website. I made the mistake of calling it the Bad [...]

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