Lesson Plan Title : Contour Line Drawings

Age Range: Grade 6 through grade 8

Overview and Purpose: Drawing an object while looking at it helps artists draw what they really see. It is a good technique for beginners and advanced artists. Many times this technique is used as a warm-up exercise.

Objective: The student will be able to draw a picture without looking at the paper. He will look at the object while he is drawing it.


Variety of small objects

White drawing paper



Students will practice drawing familiar objects without looking at the paper. This will help them learn to draw objects as they really are rather than how the students remember them. Once they are ready to draw, they should place their pencils on the paper and not lift it off until the outline is complete. If they need to draw additional lines they can look at the paper to place their pencil, but then they should just look at the object. After they have completed the drawing they can discuss it with another classmate.

Wrap Up:

This exercise can be used often as a warm up before a lesson. The complexity and size of the objects should be varied so students can practice using just their wrist and hand as well as their whole arm when drawing.