Level IV-Art Lesson 1: The Ukrainian Face With Hidden Surprises
Learn to draw a face that has birds, hands, fish, and other pictures hidden in it
The lesson is suitable for students in grade 6 through adult.
Art Lesson Description:
At one moment the original painting looks like a face, but when you look again, you suddenly see two birds, two hands, and several fish! Drawing these birds-that-become-a-face is fun and easy, especially since there are opportunities to add your own hidden secrets. The lesson also provides an opportunity to study symmetry and asymmetry.
The lesson asks students to choose a palette of analogous colors from their set of oil pastels. Blending the pastels with a pencil eraser creates a finish similar to an oil painting, and makes the finished work impressive. Have fun creating your own visual surprises as you draw!
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 warm-up for the face with hidden surprises
- 1 fine point black magic marker
- 1 eraser on an ordinary pencil
- 1 sheet of 11" x 14” drawing paper
- 1 set of oil pastels (can be shared)
Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections:
- Read Ukraine: Picture Book (Educational Children's Books Collection) - Level 2 (Planet Collection 211)
- Read a novel about the Chernobel incident: Radiant Girl by
- Learn about Ukraine's history during the last 100 years
- Read about four important Ukrainian historical events
- Interesting facts about Ukraine. (Did you know that an old Ukrainian constitution may have provided the model for the US Constitution?)
- Maps of Ukraine.
Other Hidden Images in Art:
- Compare the way your drawing uses hidden images to the works of M. C. Escher or the work of Bev Doolittle.
- You may be surprised at the images hidden in Van Gogh's work!
- The modern Dutch artist Desiree Palmen uses people for his canvas. He paints them so that the disappear into their surroundings.
- Make sure to enjoy ArtAchive's other lessons that feature camouflage: Hiding Butterflies, and Tesselations.
- Enjoy other lessons that feature Ukraine: The Ukrainian Rooster, the The Ukrainian Cat, The Convent in L'viv, The Carpathian Church, and the Eastern European Firebird.
Approximate Time to Complete the Art Class:
- Introduction through guided drawing: 30 minutes
- Finishing the drawing: 60 minutes
- Total time: 90 minutes