5th Grade Visual Art
Elements of Art for 5th Grade with definitions Blind Contour Line Line Design Abstract
Blind Contour Line: a method of drawing where the observer looks only at the subject while drawing, making sure to use one continuous descriptive line.
Artist: Robin Janning Abstract: art that is distorted or emphasizes non- recognizable objects Artist: Taetzsch
Identify Experience Label, list, name, define, relate, recall and use art making tools
Practice “no peeking” blind contourline drawings of the student’s shoe or any object from environment. You could give the students a styrofoam plate to place over their pencil or marker to prevent peeking.
Blind contour is about drawing exactly what we see — not what our brain may be telling us to hurry up and draw. Blind contour drawing forces us to observe the outside edge of the object very closely. This exercise helps an artist draw that extra detail more accurately. Also, it's always encouraging to see how well you can draw something, even if you have to trick your brain to do it!
Blind contour is not supposed to be a correct proportional drawing. The stranger it looks, the better. The important thing to do is to train your eye to draw what you really see.
When attempting a blind contour line drawing, use continuous line while moving from one area to the next.
Attempt blind contour line drawings of classmates or a group of still-life objects.
It may be fun to add cut out magazine images of lips, eyes, ears, to your blind contour portraits to make them more interesting. Don’t add too much. In design, less is more.
Explore Contextualize Discover, look at, investigate, experience and form ideas.
Discuss why distortion is important in creating. Find other ways artists use distorted lines to make exaggerations.
Recognize visual distortion used by cartoonists and abstract artists. Artwork by James C. Christensen
Discuss why distortion is important in creating. Find other ways artists use distorted linesto make exaggerations.James C. Christensen
Artist: Marek Petryk Abstracts can be a form of exaggeration and distortion. Artist: Carl (CAKUart)
Build Skills Practice Apply, construct, demonstrate, illustrate, evaluate and practice
Line Design repetitive organicand geometriclines making patterns
Organic line design: organic shapes are found in nature and cannot be identified as geometric shapes by name.
Geometric patterns: describes shapes and forms such as squares, circles, cubes, and spheres etc.
Can you tell which is the organic pattern and which is the geometric pattern design?
This Abstract is a good example of line design: Artist: Elizabeth Urabe. The piece is entitled “Perfection in Imperfection”
Try making some line designs and place organic and geometric patterns inside.
Analyze Integrate Compare, contrast, distinguish, examine and incorporate
Compare two drawings of the same subject. The first drawing using typical contour line, looking back and forth while drawing (peeking) and the second a blind contour (not peeking)only looking at what you are drawing and not looking down. Which drawing is more interesting?
Research Create Study, explore, seek, be creative, imagine and produce
Use blind contour drawings as a means to create exaggerations and distortions in facial features, self-portraits or cartoon characters.
Research different periods of US History, find political cartoons or social statements about one of those periods.
Cartoons are a good way to make political statements, it gets the point across without being too offensive.
Refine Contribute Show skill mastery for grade level, give opinions, support others, and show art
Try drawing a cartoon or exaggerate something from life. You could add a story about your drawing.
Appreciate the lack of proportional realism in other students’ artwork. Stand up and walk around the room to observe what others have done. Respect the work of others by making positive comments.
After exploring ideas write a story around one of your best characters you have illustrated. Use descriptive words and make an illustrated picture book. The next slide is an example of an accordion fold book. The cover is made from a filing folder. The file folder has been covered with paper with the main character of the story glued to the cover.