SKETCHBOOK PROJECT #8: ANIMAL EYES
The Sketchbook Project is a record of how my sixth grade students used sketchbooks during their art class to record art information and create projects. Learn how I used sketchbooks instead of individual sheets of paper to teach art & creativity.
Week One: The Beginning
Week Two: Creating Value
Week Three: Atmospheric Perspective
Week Four: Tree Line Drawings
Week Five: Sonia Delaunay Abstract Art
Week Six: Portrait Journalling
Week Seven: Line drawings
Week Eight: Farm Animals
WHAT WE DID TO CREATE ANIMAL EYES:
Books have continued to be the most consistent source of art lesson inspiration for me.
Eye to Eye: How Animals See The World by Steven Jenkins (Amazon affiliate link) is an exploration of close-up images of various animal eyes.
As the last project in our Sketchbook series, I still wanted the project to use art supplies that could be picked up at anytime so that the children could finish their artwork at home or during free choice class time.
I also photocopied pages from the book so that the kids could select an animal eye that they liked as well as downloaded and printed a few photographs of close-up animal eyes to place on the white board.
This provided enough examples of kids to start weeding through what appealed to them.
Ad the kids moved through drawing and then to coloring, many students remembered my collection of metallic paints and asked if they could use them. The combination of a marker background with metallic paint details was really effective!
Like many of the drawing lessons in this sketchbook series, the goal was not to provide guided instructions on how to draw an eye but rather encourage the students to select an animal eye and use a scaled-up method to create a composition on their paper.
I asked the children to consider the eyeball the feature of the art project; to make it prominent and large enough so that even the smallest details can be seen.
Truthfully, this is still a challenge for many students. If you find that some of your students are struggling to draw a large eyeball, offer a few randomly sized plastic containers for the child to trace a circle with.
Yes, you can teach the kids how to draw a circle. But sometimes using a round plastic container is all the child needs to get a jump start on the project.
Missed the last installments of the Sketchbook project?
Week #5 Expressive Self-Portraits
WEEK #6 Line Drawings
WEEK #7 Farm Animals