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.
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