The Da Vinci Initiative offers free lesson plans on our website for grades K-12. The plans include step-by-step instructions, applicable common core standards, a supply list, and grading rubrics. For complete lesson plans, visit the lesson plan section of our website.
Our latest lesson plan is intended for high school-aged students, where students practice the fundamentals of drawing from life using plaster casts. The teacher positions the plaster cast with a single light source so there are clear areas of light and shadow. Students will bound the cast with a box using straight lines to begin their drawing. Next, students will complete an envelope, a closed shape that reflects the overall shape of the observed objects. Straight lines are drawn to follow the division between light and dark, and then shadows can be blocked in.
The exercise is intended to demonstrate how blocking in can help organize complex visual information when starting a still-life drawing.
January 23-25, Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA
The Washington Art Education Association is partnering with The Da Vinci Initiative to offer a weekend retreat to celebrate teachers as artists! This year's retreat, which is eligible for clock hours, features internationally known artist, Juliette Aristides. Thanks to a grant from The Da Vinci Initiative, The Washington Art Education Association is able to offer this weekend retreat free of charge to its membership. Sign up here.
Weekend Retreat Schedule:
Friday, January 23: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Evening painting demo by Juliette Aristides with drinks and hors d'oeuvres.
Saturday, January 24: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Drawing workshops lead by Juliette Aristides. Artists' studio tour and networking happy hour.
Sunday, January 25: 11:00 am - Noon
Group tour of the Frye Art Museum
The Da Vinci Initiative had a fantastic fall season filled with workshops hosted from coast to coast. DVI ambassadors taught workshops at art education conferences in Arizona, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Texas, California, New Mexico, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, Wisconsin and New York. Session topics included: "Making it Look Real," and "Drawings Secrets of the Old Masters," as well as "The Modern Atelier: Skill-Based Training in Visual Literacy."
Our feedback has been phenomenal, and teachers were even sitting on the floor and overflowing to the hallway so they could attend our most recent New York session (photographed below). Thank you to everyone who organized and participated in these valuable skill-based workshops. While the art education conferences won't return until next year, there are several DVI winter workshops that are still open for registration, the schedule is posted below. Hope to see you there!
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