Vitruvian Mannequin – Proportions of the Body


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Get your students thinking about the proportions of the body with this ‘Vitruvian mannequin’ resource.  Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian man, it’s a good task to teach before embarking on life drawing.  Students will:

  • Learn about da Vinci’s Vitruvian man.  A modest example of the Vitruvian man is on the worksheet. (Yes, I gave him a pair of shorts!)
  • Learn about the proportions of the body through a practical task.
  • Improve their drawing and shading skills.

This download includes the three worksheets pictures here which are:

  • A resource that shows the Vitruvian man and a Vitruvian mannequin.
  • A good example of a completed drawing.
  • A blank circle and square for students to draw within.
  • A one-page PowerPoint to show the good example on screen.

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Sarah Crowther is The Arty Teacher. She is a high school art teacher in the North West of England. She strives to share her enthusiasm for art by providing art teachers around the globe with high-quality resources and by sharing her expertise through this blog.

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I set up The Arty Teacher because I have a passion for my subject that I want to share with other art teachers around the world.

I have been a high school art teacher for over 20 years, so I understand what it’s like to be in front of a class of students, often with very different abilities and attitudes.

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