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Reviewing Art Elements, Part 2: Form and Value

Form and Value: manikin demonstration drawing

I got some fantastic results from some of my students ages 11-18 on this one. I’ll post them up later when I grab some student sample after the holiday break.

I purchased 10 artist’s manikins which are about a foot tall from IKEA. They run about $6 each. I arranged one manikin per table in a twisting or energetic pose (each table seats six students.) I admonished students not to move the manikins.

Materials: white letter-sized copier paper, regular writing pencil (2H)

Procedure:

  1. Select a portion of the manikin on your table to draw.
  2. Draw this portion large to fill the paper. Go off the edges of the paper. Draw the outlines lightly.
  3. Create form and contrast by filling in the drawing with a full range of value. Draw what you see.
  4. If you have time afterward, fill in a contrasting background.

Here is my demonstration drawing, done in black colored pencil so that it could be seen clearly across the classroom:
manikin in full range of values

Assessment criteria:

  • Drew large
  • Drew only a portion
  • Drew a range of values
  • Followed the steps in order
  • Optional: drew a contrasting background

UPDATE 01-05-07: Student Work

These are some of the best work from my high schoolers:

Student Work - manikin Student Work - manikin Student Work - manikin

And from my middle schoolers:

Student Work - manikin Student Work - manikin Student Work - manikin

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