Draw Your Neighborhood

Draw your neighborhoodLearn how to draw your neighborhood by focusing on three main areas. This stacked arrangement is my solution for encouraging students to draw LARGE and fill their papers. I am fortunate in that I have a tabloid printer and can print a large graph that has three obvious sections, but the idea could still be done with blank paper. The main idea is that students draw three “snapshots” of things around them, and let go of any things like how far apart they literally are, etc. This way they can just focus on what they remember the buildings look like, and any details they can recall.

As far as supplies go, I was recently sampled a class pack of Crayola Pencil Crayons from Oriental Trading Company. I loved just opening up the large box and allowing students to come and use three pencils at a time, and then come back for more. At the end of class, all the colors are still sorted in their handy, dandy sections, ready to be brought out for the next class.

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MATERIALS
• Tabloid Card Stock paper
• Tabloid printer
• Sharpie marker, black, fine tip
• Crayola Pencil Crayons Class Pack

DIRECTIONS
PREP: Print a large graph paper for each student
1. Students draw a street line 1/3 of the way down the paper, and then another 2/3 down the paper. I’d recommend starting those with dashed lines, if you are using black paper.
2. Three different neighborhood buildings or areas need to be drawn in each section. Start with pencil lines and encourage LARGE shapes that fill each space.
3. The drawings are traced with the Sharpie marker.
4. All of the art is filled in with pencil crayons, including the sky.

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