Art Classes: Level IV

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.


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Approximate Time to Complete the Art Class:

  • Introduction through guided drawing: 30 minutes
  • Finishing the drawing: 60 minutes
  • Total time: 90 minutes


Original Image
Original Image
How to Draw
How to Draw
A Finished Art Lesson
A Finished Art Lesson

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