Introduction: 15 mins
- Introduce the project challenge to the students: ask them
to create drawing tools using a selection of materials. Each
student will be given a tree branch or twig as the basis for
- Discuss with the students the range of materials on display. Talk about the possibilities of different materials: “how
could you use an egg carton as a drawing tool? What would
happen if we cut the carton into strips?” How could we
attach the strips to our branch? Etc.
- Give one long, think stick (between 50 and 80 cm) for each
two children. Ask them to attach their pencil to this stick
with masking tape.
- Flip the pages the children used for the warm-up activity
and ask children to make some quick drawings holding the
stick at the top. This will be difficult to use. There are several variations they can try: attaching 2 pencils/markers or
any combination of drawing tools to the stick.
Development: 25 mins
- Give a short demonstration of how various materials make
different kinds of marks. This can be simply shown live in
the class with some carefully selected materials.
- Ask students to select some materials to create their tool.
- Invite them to use scissors to prepare their drawing toolcut feathers or leaves, cut plastic into strips etc.
- As children pause to refl ect on their work, lead a discussion with the entire class on the activity and ask students to
share their ideas. Allow children to explore and make their
drawing tools. They can attach the materials to the sticks,
but this may not be necessary.
- Encourage them to do a ’studio tour’, looking at the work
of each other in a respectful way, as artists look at each
other’s work in an artist’s studio.
- Ask students to continue to work on their tool until completion. Children can attach their names to the tools using
Conclusion: 10 minutes
- Invite students to gather in a circle with their completed
tool. Ask them to discuss a technique they used in this activity, such as cutting plastic.
- Assign a couple of students to collect the tools and put
them in storage for the next lesson.
Foundations: Drawing Tools: Lesson 1
Making an experimental
Foundations: Drawing Tools: Lesson 2
Drawing with their tool