Art Classes: Level I

Level I-Art Lesson 3: The Hungarian Insects

Learn to draw insects inspired by Hungarian yard art

The lesson is suitable for students in kindergarten through adult.


Art Lesson Description:

In the city of Pécs, Hungary, we found a quaint yard whose fence was decorated with these colorful clay and wire insects.  One look at their friendly, bulging eyes, and we knew we had found an art lesson!

Since the insects we found are both insect-like and almost human (the eyes seem to stare at the passerby),

  • The lesson includes a review of the common characteristics of real insects. 
  • In this way, the lesson teaches science and is also an introduction to the liberties an artist might like to take with any subject.

Lesson structure:

  • The lesson begins with a warm-up to practice drawing parts of the insect. 
  • A guided drawing helps you draw one or more insects, with or without wings.
  • By the end of the lesson you will color your insects with colored markers.  The final result can be even MORE colorful than the originals!

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This lesson includes both POWERPOINT and VIDEO versions of the lesson plus 2 downloadable printouts: a warmup and a drawing of the insects.


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Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections:

  • Social Studies: Use this lesson as an introduction to the geography and history of Hungary.
    • Study a timeline of Hungarian history
    • Read Helen Szablya's very interesting book, The Fall of the Red Star, (#ad) and learn about Hungary's fight against communism.
    • Learn quick facts about Hungary


Approximate Time to Complete the Art Lesson:

  • Introduction through guided drawing: 20 minutes (1 bug) - 30 minutes (3 bugs)
  • Finishing the drawing: 25 minutes (1 bug) - 40 minutes (3 bugs)
  • Total time: 45 - 70 minutes


The Original Object
The Original Object
How to Draw
How to Draw
A Finished Art Lesson
A Finished Art Lesson

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