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SHADOW/SILHOUETTE DRAWINGS

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Level: Junior, Middle School
Grades: 3-8 | Age: 8 - 14 ys | Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater
[Andrea is one of the creators of KinderArt®
Summary:

Students can use their own profiles to create art. This activity teaches students about light, shade and shadow.

What You Need:
What You Do:

  1. Tape a piece of white construction paper to the wall in a dark room.
  2. Place the flashlight on a table. Shine the light at the white construction paper.
  3. Sit between the light and the paper so that your profile appears on the paper.
  4. Have a partner trace around your silhouette onto the paper.
  5. Remove the paper from the wall and make sure your lines are smooth.
  6. Next, cut the silhouette out of the paper, place onto black construction paper, trace around it and cut it out.
  7. Glue the black silhouette onto white poster board. Add your name and date to the work.

Optional: You may wish to add more than one silhouette to the poster board (as shown in example above).

Recommended Books/Products:

Drawing With Children
by Mona Brookes
Founded on the belief that any child can learn to draw realistic pictures using her "alphabet of shapes" while in a noncompetitive environment, Mona Brookes' easy-to-follow, lesson-by-lesson approach to drawing has yielded astounding results with children of all ages. This is THE BEST learning to draw book we've ever seen. (for ages 3-4 and up)

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
by Betty Edwards
Translated into thirteen languages, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is the world's most widely used drawing-instruction guide. People from just about every walk of life--artists, students, corporate executives, architects, real estate agents, designers, engineers--have applied its revolutionary approach to problem solving.



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