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Skeleton Symbolism
This High School basic drawing lesson had an unexpected twist that allowed students to generate personal meaning by embedding symbolic drawings over top of their skeleton drawing.

Art is important for identity development and this lesson allows students to make different choices to control the overall feel of their final composition. Learning about proportion and drawing the skeleton was the first step. Then we thought about how our skeleton is our fundamental support system and how it allows us to do and be who we want to be. They had to find meaning within our "support" system - some chose nature, sports, and historical themes, to name a few of their connections. Students had to problem solve by creating meaningful dialog between the various themes in the boxes and their skeleton drawing. The last component was to add selective color with pastels to create emphasis on certain areas or an overall sense of unity.

All of the examples shown were 9th grade students.
By Heather on April 8, 2008 at 11:08am EDT Topic(s): high school lessons drawing

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