Draw your neighborhood by creating on three stacked blocks, instead of side by side ones. Now students can focus just on drawing buildings.
Ask students to consider some city blocks they are familiar with, without worrying how far things really are. The goal is to remember WHAT is there, as opposed to exactly WHERE it is. There’s plenty to consider just with signs and windows, landscaping, etc.
Note: When lots of students are going to be using similar colors at the same time, it is handy to have a class pack of crayons. If you haven’t tried a box out before, they certainly are much handier than a bunch of little boxes that never seem to stay together.
• Tabloid cardstock paper
• Tabloid printer
• Sharpie marker, black, fine tip
• Crayola Pencil Crayons Class Pack*
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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.