Dragons! Everyone loves a good dragon! My niece Emma's love for dragons inspired this 8th grade drawing lesson. Students practiced adding different parts to an already started drawing including horns, fangs, scales, textures, spikes, wings, etc. They also added a bit of a background. Students could also create their own design from references or imagining.
Students used view finders of different sizes to choose a composition. Some concentrated on the head, or included more of the neck, or the whole body. Students then enlarged their dragon to the shaped paper that coordinated with their idea. We then discussed how to blend and shade using metallic colored pencils to add dimension and texture.