On the first and last days of the school year, I have my students draw a simple composition to gauge their 2D skills and creativity. For 2nd & 3rd grades, I use a lion as the main object. This lesson was adapted from the step-by-step directions in the book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards.
On the first day of class, this drawing is used to assess the student’s drawing skill, fine motor control and ability to follow simple directions. These findings help guide my decision on where the student sits and whom they sit with at the classroom tables. I try to have a mix of abilities at each table, with those students who need extra help placed in strategic seats.
This same assignment at the end of the year, when compared to the first, shows the student’s growth. Thought you would enjoy seeing some examples from this year!
Work by Student A in August
Work by Student A in June
Work by Student B in August
Work by Student B in June
Work by Student C in August
Work by Student C in June
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