Teach This Lesson
- Practice their drawing skills
- The Art Lesson by Tomie dePaola
- A how-to-draw book, such as I Can Draw Animals by Ray Gibson
- Crayons or pencils
- Drawing paper
- Chart paper or a whiteboard for brainstorming
- For Extension Activities: From Pictures to Words by Janet Stevens
- For Extension Activities: Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg
- Sharpen pencils or crayons as necessary.
- Optional: You may want to practice drawing one of the lessons in the how-to-draw book if you plan on doing a class demonstration.
Step 1: Read The Art Lesson by Tomie dePaola aloud to the class. Talk to students about keeping their dreams.
Step 2: Introduce the how-to-draw book. Explain that this type of book can help give young children (or adults!) a start in observing new details in drawing.
Step 3: Demonstrate various ways to manipulate crayons or pencils to get different lines widths, textures, and shapes.
Step 4: Have students use crayons or pencils to draw their best pictures. They may want to draw more than one.
Step 5: Have students select their best drawing to share with the class. Collection these drawings and display them on a bulletin board or the wall, or create a class book with one drawing from each student.
Step 6: Conduct a discussion about what students have learned about drawing. Use the chart paper or white board to record students' answers.
- Read From Pictures to Words by Janet Stevens. Help students chart the steps involved in illustrating a book.
- Read Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg. Have students draw a picture from an ant's perspective or from a giraffe's perspective.
Teacher observation will assess student participation in listening to the book and drawing pictures.