Fun With Figure Drawing

Back by popular demand…Fourth Grade Figure Drawings!  Fourth graders learned how to do gesture drawings and had a blast posing for each other.  We viewed and discussed the figure drawings of Edgar Degas – and then the giggles commenced as they stood on the art room tables and posed for 30 second gesture drawings.  We do this project every year, and it never gets old!

We followed up our figure drawing practice by drawing from our mannequins.  Fourth graders were excited to show off their new figure drawing expertise!

Ready, Set…GO!

Georgetown artists, are you ready for another school year to begin?  Mr. Rob has the Art Room all polished up and ready for us to…well…. get out the messy materials and get started making more art.

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The wooden mannequins are dusted off and ready to greet you…along with Mona Lisa!



Don’t forget to stop by the Art Room during Georgetown’s Open House Tuesday, August 30 from 6:30-7:30 PM.  In the meantime, remember to…


See you soon, friends!

Mrs. Brouwer


Fourth Grade Figure Studies

Georgetown Fourth Grade artists recently finished a huge figure drawing unit.  They began by looking at the art of Edgar Degas, who was a master at drawing the human figure and known for his pastel drawings of ballerinas.



Then they tried their own figure drawings…modeling for each other and doing a series of quick gesture drawings in their sketchbooks.


Next we moved on to drawing wooden mannequin figures!



Finally – they created a background by straw blowing paint and outlining their beautiful blotches…and adding their figure drawings and other practice forms on their background.  Magnificent!

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* Identify the work of Edgar Degas

* Capture movement in a figure by gesture drawing

* Draw a mannequin figure in correct proportion

See more 4th Grade figure drawings at our ARTSONIA on-line gallery!


More Figure Drawing

After completing their figure gesture drawing practice, my 4th grade artists are now practicing drawing figures using wood mannequins.  Such concentration!

We are following up this figure drawing work with a large single figure drawing.  My students are learning about body proportion and are even using some fractions as they work to make their figures “eight heads tall”.



Fourth Grade Nutcrackers – Sweet!

Fourth Grade artists have been working on nutcracker drawings the last few art classes.  We just finished up with a study about Edgar Degas and spent some time looking at his drawings of ballerinas, and followed up with some time posing for each other and drawing figures from mannequins.

When I showed my 4th graders a nutcracker, they immediately noticed how the mannequins and nutcracker figures were similar, and were excited to begin their drawings.

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We started in pencil on 10″ x 24″ drawing paper, and have been adding color with crayon (glitter crayons are a favorite!) after tracing the lines with marker.

We’ll finish up this week with a little color in the background, and for fun I’ll read a short story version of The Nutcracker while the kids work.

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