POSERS – Drawing Models in Costume

Students work in small groups to choose 2 models for their group. They select costumes for the models to wear and then ask them to pose in a way that can be interpreted as a story. The rest of the group draws the figures using oil pastels and then adds details with a story from their own imagination in mind. The artwork is finished using resist technique and students share their stories.

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POSERS – Drawing Models in Costume


  • Crayola Oil Pastels - 16 Count
  • Crayola Watercolour Paints - 8 Count
  • Crayola Paint Brushes - 4 Pack
  • Painting Paper - 48 cm x 60 cm (18" x 24")
  • A Variety of Costumes, Hats and Props


Step 1
  1. Draw the people first.
  2. Remember to look closely at the model and draw what you see.
    - eyes up - look at the model - eyes down - look at the paper every few seconds
  3. Look at the reltionship between the 2 models.
Step 2
  1. Add lots of details to create a story.
  2. Use a variety of oil pastel techniques.
  3. Leave some of the paper blank so the resist technique will be effective.
Step 3
  1. Choose 1 or more colours of watery paint to use for your resist.
  2. Paint the watery colours directly over the drawing.
  3. The oil pastels will show through the paint.
  4. The colours will unify the painting.
Step 4
  1. view your painting with fresh eyes.
    ​- Who are these people?
    - Do they know each other or are they strangers?
    - Where are they?
    - What happened just before this scene?
    - What is happening now?
    - What are they thinking?
    - What’s going to happen next?
  2. How did you tell your story using visual elements?
  • Subjects:

    • Language Arts,

    • Visual Arts

  • Grades:

    • Grade 2,

    • Grade 3,

    • Grade 4,

    • Grade 5,

    • Grade 6,

    • Grade 7,

    • Grade 8

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