Those Ancient Greeks
The Greeks were one of the greatest ancient civilizations. They made great advancements in science, math, language, medicine, and art. Their art made great strides over the course of history. In fact, they set principles for drawing and measuring which we still use in classical art education today. They made particular progress in the area of human figure. Today we are going to do some silly drawings that will be the first step in teaching us how to draw people.
Highly advanced-advanced: paper, pen
Advanced(5th grade-4th grade)medium: paper, pen
Medium (3rd-2nd): coloring sheet trace (which can be downloaded very end of the post), pen
Beginners (1st-early education): coloring sheets (which can be downloaded at the very end of the post) and markers or crayon
Key words: Greeks, sculpture, portraits, continuous line drawings, blind contour
Do you remember what medium means?
A medium is the materials an artist uses to create a work of art.
Do you know what method the artist used to create this work?
Painting, sculpture, ceramics.
Is this a flat picture or does it look like something you can walk around?
When you can walk around a work of art, it is called a sculpture.
Do you ever draw pictures of yourself or your family?
Those are called portraits, because they portray or show people.
Have your child choose the activity in the appropriate medium for their age group.
Advanced artists pair up with a partner or parent. Your artist should try to draw you without looking at the paper and without picking up their pen.
WHAT? THIS IS CRAZY!
I know it seems very counter intuitive but the purpose is to have you focus on feeling the shapes and lines of the face rather than focusing on how you are rendering them on the paper.
Stress to you kiddo these are supposed to be funny drawings. It IS okay if they draw the eye on the far side of the page. It doesn’t matter just as long as they are focusing on looking at you not the paper. I know it is so tempting to look at what you’ve done so I’d suggest setting a timer for 3 or 5 minutes. If you want to have them draw one of the roman busts I have uploaded so you can get other things done. Go for it! These always turn out really interesting and fun!
Medium level artists can choose to connect the dots of the face of Homer in the attached sheet I made. I would have them do the one with the picture of the bust of Homer first emphasizing that they are going over the contours of Homer's face. They can try the second connect the dots afterward. Once they have done that, they can color them or if they are brave they can try the blind contour.
Beginner artists can color the contour sheets. Encourage them to choose two or three colors and use these three to fill in the shapes on the face. The goal for the little ones is just to have them start to recognize that things are made up of simple shapes.
However, if this is still too advanced for you little one or maybe they just want to color the Winging Victory instead. I would suggest encouraging them to practice outlining the shape(s) and "clean" coloring (coloring in an orderly fashion of lines rather than chicken scratching).