INSPIRED BY TODD PARR – Colour, Geometric Shapes, Pattern

Students examine the geometric shapes in Todd Parr's illustrations and use his work as inspiration for their own marker drawings of people.

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INSPIRED BY TODD PARR – Colour, Geometric Shapes, Pattern


  • Crayola Marker & Watercolour Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
  • Crayola Broad Line Markers - Black
  • Crayola Fine Line Markers


Step 1
  1. Look at Todd Parr's pictures.
    - What geometric shapes does he use?
    - What kinds of colours does he use?
    - What do you notice about all his pictures?
  2. Draw a person the way Todd Parr does.
  3. Draw the outline of your person with a black marker.
  4. Start with a circle for the head.
  5. Use other geometric shapes for the rest of the body.
    - rectangles
    - trapezoids
    - squares
Step 2
  1. Add a pattern to the clothes.
Step 3
  1. Use fine line markers to colour your person.
Step 4
  1. Compare your drawing with one of Todd Parr's.
  2. How are they the same?
  3. How are they different?
  4. How many shapes did you use?
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