Title: Contour Drawing
Artist: Kim Newall
Ages: Kindergarten up

Objective: To learn to see by carefully looking at and precisely and slowly drawing the outer and inner edges of an object.
Description: Contour drawing is a slow, precise drawing of the outer and inner edges of things. One starts by placing the pencil tip on the paper and choosing a point on the object as a place to start. The challenge is to draw slowly, coordinating the eye and hand to move at the same speed. When this is achieved, a presence and calm occurs. Drawing an accurate outer shape is not important; instead, drawing a precise edge, with all the bumps, tears, dips, etc. is the point of this way of drawing. Contour drawings can be made either looking at the object or looking only at the paper. If one is looking away from the object, the pencil must stop anytime the eyes leave the edge. Resume drawing once the eyes return to the object.
Vocabulary:
Contour Line
Edge
Bumps
Inner contour
Outer contour

Materials: Paper, pencil (pens work well too)

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