DIRECTED DRAWING--These are done in Kindergarten as well One goal for this exercise is to help students see that even when artists "do the same thing" their finished products can look quite different from one another. Students are given a variety of choices even though they are also given the same instructions. They choose the orientation of their paper. They choose the color and weight of their lines. They choose the type of material (crayon, oil pastels, colored pencils) they use. And, they choose the placement of their lines and shapes on the picture plane. When the students are finished with their pictures they will be given a chance to talk about what they did and how their drawings are similar and different from one another. After reviewing some vocabulary (medium--colored pencils, oil pastels, crayons; names of shapes--triangle, circle, square; pattern; directions--horizontal, vertical, diagonal; numbers; solid--meaning filled-in; open--meaning not filled-in; sections; balance) and seeing examples of the vocabulary, students were given instructions similar to the ones below.
You may use any color and any medium you want. You may change color or medium at any time. Otherwise, follow the instructions. 1). Draw 2 vertical lines 2). Draw one horizontal line 3). In one section draw 2 solid circles 4). In another section draw 2 open triangles 5). Make one section solid 6). Look at what you've drawn and ask your self: Is it balanced? At this point we stop to discuss (again) what makes a drawing balanced. Students are told they will be given 2 more instructions and need to make or keep their drawings balanced as they decide how to follow the instructions. 7). Make a pattern in one section 8). Add one shape--solid or open anywhere on your picture plane.