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5th or 6th grade - I first took a contour drawing of the Mona Lisa and copied enough for each student. We then talked about the right and left hemispheres of the brain and how the right is the creative side. (yet most artist are not always in their right minds.)
The students should then turn the drawings upside down and cover 3/4 of the image with a sheet of construction paper. Next, they erase from their minds what the drawing is and see it as only random lines and to draw what they see and not what they know. As they complete that quarter section of lines the cover sheet should be moved to ½ etc. until finished. I then have the students take their final drawing and turn the old Leonardo portrait into a modern portrait; IE. nose ring, sunglasses, a 7-11 in the background, rings etc. The drawings are then colored with colored pencils.
Reference: Betty Edwards, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th Edition- Also see the workbook.
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