After a review of contour drawing, the students completed both blind and regular contour drawings concentrating on careful observation.
Our shoes were the subject of our next class where students strived for realism and life-sized contour drawings.
Looking at proportion/scale, we used viewfinders to isolate interesting compositions within the shoe drawing. The small compositions were then enlarged to experiment with how a small part could be made larger and more important. We relied a lot on our math skills as we estimated 1/4 and 1/2 to help with "guideposts" for placement of lines and shapes.
The completed compositions were often abstract. We capitalized by tracing our lines and using primary and secondary colored watercolors to paint the shapes. The students felt very successful and enjoyed the drawing unit.