Contour Drawing Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Heighten your instruction on contour drawing with the assistance of a video lesson and an interactive classroom activity. For further study, consider examining our related lessons and using the supplementary activities provided.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain what contour drawing is
  • compare and contrast two techniques for creating contour drawings
  • create two contour drawings


30 minutes to 1 hour


  • A flower
  • White paper
  • Pencils

Curriculum Standards


Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.


  • Play the video lesson Contour Line in Art: Definition, Drawing & Examples, pausing it at 1:07.
  • As the students are watching the lesson, display the flower for all to view.
  • Now have students create a contour drawing of the flower using the principles introduced in the video lesson.
  • When all students have completed their drawing, play the remainder of the video lesson.
  • Now have the students create another contour drawing using one of their shoes, utilizing the blind or partially-blind method introduced in the lesson.
  • When all students have completed the contour drawings of their shoes, have them display both of their drawings at their desks and allow students to move about the classroom to view the contour drawings of their fellow students.

Discussion Questions

  • What are the appeals of contour drawing for the artist?
  • How are contour drawings different from other types of drawings?


  • Have students research three artists who created well-known contour drawings. Are there any similarities between these individuals in terms of the time period in which they lived, the training they received, etc.?
  • Take a virtual field trip to one of the many museums with online galleries to view examples of contour drawings.

Related Lessons

Orthographic Drawing: Definition & Examples

What is an Isometric Drawing? - Definition & Examples

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