Level III-Art Lesson 4: The Face From The Gambia
Learn to draw a realistic human face and learn the basic priciples of pencil shading
The lesson is suitable for students in grade 6 through adult.
Art Lesson Description:
Drawing people and faces can look difficult, but you will be surprised at how easy it is when you draw this bas-relief design from The Gambia.
This is one of the first lessons where we will begin the drawing with a pencil. Up until this point we have drawn with magic markers to teach students to make bold lines and to avoid the constant erasing that is the habit of beginning artists. In this lesson students can continue to draw with the same confident lines. Erasing is not necessary, since lines can be adjusted during the shading process.
This lesson includes both POWERPOINT and VIDEO versions of the lesson plus 2 downloadable printouts: a warmup and a drawing of the face.
List of Supplies for Each Student:
- 1 sheet of 8.5” x 11.5” drawing paper
- 1 half-sheet of drawing paper
- 1 kneadable eraser
- 1 drawing stump
- 1 African bas-relief face warm-up
- 1 fine tip black magic marker
- 1 each of #2H, HB and 4B drawing pencils (If you don’t have these, use a regular #2 pencil)
- 1 graphite bar
Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections:
- Learn facts about The Gambia
- Watch a video that shows scenery, describes current problems, and tells the history of the country.
- A brief history of The Gambia from 1455 to the present.
- Learn about Kunta Kinteh Island and its role in slavery.
- Learn what the Stone Circles of Senegambia and other monuments tell us about the history of The Gambia.
- Museums in The Gambia tell us a lot about the country's history.
- Science: Diseases
- Writing: Write about what you have learned about the food of The Gambia, the history of The Gambia, ir what you know about malaria.
- Read Bintou’s Braids by Sylvianne Diouf--for elementary children
- Read some proverbs from The Gambia and explain what they mean. Find more proverbs here.
- Read a children's folktale from The Gambia online.
- Read longer folktales from The Gambia online.
- Alex Haley's Roots, the story of the slave Kunta Kinte, is set in The Gambia.
- Dance: Watch dancers from The Gambia. Watch someone learning a Gambian dance.
Approximate Time to Complete the Art Class:
- Introduction through guided drawing: 20 minutes
- Finishing the drawing: 50 minutes
- Total time: 70 minutes