My middle school students started a new project today. I bought five different shapes of pasta, and they are gluing them down on an index card. They will then draw a close-up of a section of the space they've filled. They purpose is that they will use shading techniques to give the pasta some depth.
I wasn't sure how much instruction they had received on shading techniques, and I knew that I wasn't going to be able to give them any. So, I went on YouTube and found a video. I will post it below, but I had them follow along with the person on the screen, as she sketched out a few examples. Some kids seemed to find this pretty interesting and helpful, while others couldn't believe that I was making them practice something.
I didn't make them sketch the horse OR the mane.