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Exercise shown here with a class of 4th graders – adaptable to more grades.

1. We start the session by taking some time to look at photos of humanoid robots (a short PowerPoint presentation) and talking about their structure and the main elements of their design: the head, the torso, the arms and the legs, the way they are articulated. We also look at the details, like bolts, lamps, antennas, buttons… The photos are just there at the beginning of the session, they are not models for the students.

This time of observation is important. It is about taking the time to LOOK and to identify different shapes and proportions.
– Do the robots look round or are their shapes very sharp, pointy?
– Do they have lots of details or not? Do they have a big head with very short arms or a very small head and a big torso with long arms?
– All the combinations are possible.

2. Each student draw her/his own robot directly on the tinted paper. They can use an eraser.
3. They paint the robot with shades of a mix of blue, white and black tempera paint
4. The students draw the lines and all the details with the sharpie.
5. Put all the paintings on the floor and discuss with the students. What do you see that you did not think about?

material per student
– pencil, eraser
– tempera paint (white, blue, black)
– sharpie marker
– tinted Canson paper 12″x18″
– 2 brushes (one thin, one larger)