Get youth using all their senses in this activity that uses sight and touch to create art! Contour drawing is done by moving your pen or pencil very slowly, using simple continuous lines to capture the nuances that give an object its distinctiveness. It encourages the artist to draw blindly as much as possible, by having them focus more on the subject and not on the paper and letting the hand do the work while the eye searches for details on the subject.
Here you will find an engaging collection of videos, lesson plans, activities and tips from artists, photographers, filmmakers, environmentalists, education, and students from across North America.
The intersection of science, creative arts and 21st century media technologies creates powerful conduits for connecting young people with nature. We hope these resources will help you use art to connect your students with nature and develop more meaningful connections to local flora and fauna. These resources are designed to complement science and art curricula at all grade levels.
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The Art in the Park Guide is a toolkit for educators and program leaders to use. We've created 27 art-based activities designed to engage youth with nature, both directly - through outdoor activities, and indirectly - through activities which can be carried out anywhere that get youth thinking about their connection to the environment. And we've wrapped the activities all up in one pretty little package that has everything you need!