So after doing several direct observational assignments we are now doing some of what I call "elimination" drawings.
I gave each student a print out of a human skeleton torso. I asked them to use a sharpie and trace around the parts that they thought were the most important to convey their message.
When you are finished outlining you turn the paper over and that is what you draw. I encourage them to include something that makes the work personal to them.
We used water colors to paint our skeletons with.
I got the idea when I was working in my #dailyart18 sketch book. I loved the look of this project so much I wanted to share it with the kids. They really seem to like it, it's a keeper!