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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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