Drawing Eyes

By The Arty Teacher - August 8, 2019

Drawing eyes is a task that students really seem to find engaging.  With the right encouragement and guidance, students of all abilities can find success.  There is so much detail within an eye that you can really stretch your more able students to add more and more detail.  The resources below could be a stand-alone lesson or integrated into a portrait project.

Using Different Media

This is my latest resource featuring eyes and it’s a favourite.  As well as the eyes reference sheet, it includes 3 really good examples all in different media: charcoal, pencil and pen with water.  The pen with water is simply a non-permanent fineliner that you work into with a fine brush to create different tones.  If you are looking for an activity that encourages observational drawing and the use of different media, this is the one.  Just click the image to find out more.

drawing eyes with different media

Look Up! Look Down!

This resource below has 6 sets of eyes for your students to choose from.  Choice is always a good thing in a learning environment.  The eyes are high-resolution and all looking in different directions.  You can choose to cut each worksheet in half as a good drawing will take a long time.  Click the image to learn more.

drawing eyes

Drawing Old Wrinkled Eyes!

Drawing old wrinkled eyes presents an excellent challenge that your more able students will respond to.  The resource below comes in colour and black and white so your students can experiment with a range of different media.  Choose whether your students stick in the whole worksheet or cut out their drawings.  Why not get them to collage around them with images of eyes that they have found themselves.

drawing wrinkled eyes

Shading and Blending

After your students have drawn eyes, you might want to move on to this fun task that teaches shading and blending with coloured pencil.  This task asks students to use pencil crayon to recreate the makeup that they can see.  Students then use pen to add the lashes.  My students love this!

shading eyes

Drawing Eyes Sub Lesson

The resource below has been created as a sub/cover lesson and comes with a detailed lesson plan.  It’s ideal to keep your students engaged and drawing whilst you’re not there.

Drawing Eyes sub lesson

Extension Task Eye Grid Drawings

The download below has been created as an extension task.  We all have students who finish earlier than the rest of the class and it’s great to have something to put your hands on that can keep them occupied in a meaningful way.

drawing eyes

Of course, it doesn’t have to be human eyes.  Why not animal eyes?  This worksheet looks at beautiful lizard eyes.  The colour and detail is so appealing!  Click the image to learn more.

Drawing Animal Eyes

drawing eyes

Drawing Reptile Eyes

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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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