The unit begins with an exploration of gesture drawing - capturing the action of a figure.  Students are introduced to proportion and are directed to carefully observe t he angles and relationship of limbs, shoulders, and torso as the body changes position.  The unit concludes with students rendering a wooden artist's manikin in charcoal and white chalk to produce the illusion of volume.

Grade 5 Benchmark:

Students begin sequential unit projects; extend knowledge of art media and compositional and design elements; choose new ways of using familiar tools and materials, and deepen imaginative capacities, observational and expressive skills.

Performance Indicators:

Create a series of drawings that indicate:
control of soft pencil, charcoal, crayon, pastel
Students will be able to: 
Identify the characteristics of a gesture drawing.
Create gesture drawings using expressive line.
Identify proportional relationships in the body.
Draw a figure in proportion using the head as a unit of measurement
Draw a figure in an action pose with attention to direction and position of the limbs and torso
Engage in a sustained investigation of a subject.
Use compressed charcoal to create a graded value scale on toned paper.
Use white chalk to create highlights.
Control media to produce the illusion of volume.
Students will understand that: 
Artists interpret the figure in a variety of ways.
Gesture drawings capture the essence of an action.
Artists observe anatomical relationships in the human form.
Artists carefully obsrve the poses of a figure when drawing.
Artists engage in sustained investigations of a subject to develop deeper understandings.
Artists combine art media to create new effects.
Artists make aesthetic decisions.
Artists select media to produce specific effects.
gesture, expressive line, proportion, torso, limb, manikin, caricature, sustained investigation, three-dimensional, volume, realistic, rendering, observation, illusion, compressed, value, highlight, shadow, medium, aesthetic, gradual, emerging, developing, proficient, mastery, evaluate
Student, Peer, and Teacher Assessment
Informal student reflection/responses
Structured group conversations using accountable talk
Co-creating rubrics with peers
Teacher observation of work-in-progress with feedback to student
Clear teacher expectations, including guidelines, project goals
Completed work