This week, our Art Foundations 101 first – second grade section students began the Fall 2015 session with this pass-along drawing project. It got the class off to a positive start as it promoted interaction with each other, as well as challenging perspectives of “their” artworks.
Before class started, the instructors came up with a list of objects for the students to draw for this project, and assembled the supplies: white paper and sharpies (black, and colored).
When the kids came in and took their seats, they were given their first direction: draw a square on the paper. Some kids had lots of questions: how big? where? – while others just went to work drawing.
When the students were done drawing the square, the students were told to pass their papers to the student next to them. They were then given their next instruction: draw a bug. Pass your paper. Make an abstract shape. Pass. Draw a line from one side of the paper to the other. Pass. Draw a tree. Etc, etc. until the pages were quite full.
At this point, all the students got back their original paper – “their’ artwork! They were all surprised to see what it had evolved into. It was very interesting to see how each personality type reacted to the project; some found it difficult, while others found it easy to go with the flow.
To complete their page, the students colored in the shapes with colored sharpies.
Allowing the students to add their own style again to the drawing with color gave them back more of a sense of ownership of the project.
We find this project to be a great first class activity as it loosens them up and gets the kids to talk to each other as they are passing drawings. We also especially like how it frees the children up from the preciousness they often feel about their art. And the final thing we love is that it is so process (not product) oriented: the creation is about the journey, not the end piece.
Do you have any first-class activities or projects to start off a new session?