Tuesday, December 9, 2014

playing in the snow (and learning about proportion).

This week the 4th graders are finishing up winter scenes that they started last week. In this project, they are focusing on creating 3d solids and getting an understanding of proportion in nature and in art.

I started the lesson by sharing a couple diagrams of bodies and we looked at how parts measured up to each other and the whole body too. Then we drew a practice body (mannequin style) to get a feel for how to measure these parts and put them together. We also drew a target. Both drawings were then shaded to turn them into 3d solids. We then added a a couple details to the target to make it seem like we were looking at it from above.

I then shared a few illustrations of people making snow angels. I made sure to point out the use of shading and how things looked different than usual if your point of view gets changed.

Their job, then, was to create a winter scene that included a body making a snow angel, a snowperson, and at least 2 other setting details. Each thing in the drawing needed to be shaded or colored light to dark, to make them seem 3d.

Last year as 3rd graders, these kids made lego self portraits and they had to use light and dark to make them look 3d. I allowed students to use mini-figs as their subject as long as they still could demonstrate an understanding of proportion verbally and on their exit slips.


  1. Love the bird's eye view and all the details.

  2. Ditto Mary's comment - I know my kids would love making this drawing.

  3. The most difficult degree was my doctorate degree as thesis writing help there was nothing for me to remember and no tests for me to pass.

  4. I read this article. I think You put a lot of effort to create this article. I appreciate your work. bal bhavan public school mayur vihar

  5. You did really good work. I really appreciate your new and different post. east delhi school list Please guys keep it up and share with us some unique post in the future

  6. I have been checking out a few of your stories and i can state pretty good stuff. I will definitely bookmark your blog kissenglishcenter.com