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Insect Infestation Colored Pencil Drawings

Warning! Vulnerable post ahead!  I’m a little nervous to share this on my blog because it’s my first time trying this!  Eeek!  It makes me a little nervous,…but it’s also fun!  As art teachers we all know that sometimes an assignment works …and, well.. sometimes it just doesn’t.

Color Scheme insect drawings is one of my favorite Art 1 assignments. I posted about it a long time ago and it’s consistently my most visited blog post.  However, I was ready for an update this year.   I really wanted them to do the insect drawing part because they just always turn out so well!   We also do a Surrealism inspired artwork when we learn about Space.  They use both 1 and 2 point perspective techniques to make these and use colored pencils.  

So, this semester I decided to combine these two artworks into one.  My plan is that students will create a detailed insect drawing and place it into a space.  They will be required to use a 1 point perspective pattern that goes back in space (think: checkerboard, wood, tiles, etc.).  They also have to use a 2 point perspective box, but I encourage them to turn the box into something else like a chair, couch, suitcase, etc.  

I have a few really talented artists this semester, so I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do.  I plan to document their progress here.  Next week is SPRING BREAK, but I’ll be back to posting about it when we return! 

For now, here are some of my past student insect examples.

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Hi, I’m Erin!

I’ve been a high school art teacher at a rural school in WV for the past 14 years. I teach Art 1, AP Art + Design, Art 2 and 3. 
I’m a little obsessed with my sweet husband. Together we have FOUR kids and a rescue dog named Boomer! 
I love a bad pun and terrible dad jokes. I spend time looking at MBTI memes, cooking, listening to serial killer podcasts and Harry Potter audiobooks on repeat. I also teach yoga and indoor cycling. Click the button below to learn more about me. 

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