Realistic Insects Graphite Drawing & Composition, High School, Middle School Art

Realistic Insects Graphite Drawing & Composition, High School, Middle School Art

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Have students show off their drawing skills and the techniques they've learned in your class while teaching about dynamic composition strategies. Students will choose an insect to draw from three different angles and use framing to create a strong focal point in this realistic insect drawing project.

Students apply compositional strategies including filling the frame, adding contrast, and allowing elements to break the frame in the process of creating their final artwork. One viewpoint will have dominance in their final drawing, creating emphasis. The final results are a show stopper! The lesson is best taught after the basics of drawing: value, line, and texture have been covered. 


  • 5 Page Lesson Plan with National Standards, Big ideas, Goals, and Objectives, Final Outcomes, Instructional Materials, Student supplies, Detailed process, and Vocabulary as an editable word document.
  • 26-page editable PowerPoint presentation & PDF
  • Demonstration Video
  • Dynamic Composition Tricks Sheet
  • Thumbnail Concepts Worksheet
  • Student Project Checklist
  • Written Critique Sheet
  • Student Self-Evaluation

Students will love choosing their focus viewpoint for this realistic insect drawing composition. The results will amaze them as they demonstrate an understanding of composition while creating realistic drawings of insects.



“This was an outstanding lesson. This is my first year teaching art with no background in art, lol. This has not only been a lifesaver, but really pulled artistic thought and ability out of my students. The slides were easy to follow and incredibly helpful. The finished projects are truly amazing.” - Chelsea S. 


“This is a great resource and a really fun project. The slides are very well done and my students benefitted from the step-by-step instructions, loads of examples, and the practice/planning exercises. I will use this again for sure!”- Caribou Corner of Junction North


“This is a fave drawing piece of both my students and I. I've used it a couple of times now and have had great success! Thank you!” - Julia O. 

National Visual Arts Standards 

High School Standards Grades 9-12

Grades 9-12, VA:Cr1.1.HSI Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.

Grades 9-12, VA:Cn10.1.HSI: Document the process of developing ideas from early stages to fully elaborated ideas.

Middle School Standards Grades 6-8

Grade 6, VA:Cr1.2.6: Formulate an artistic investigation of personally relevant content for creating art.

Grade 6, VA:Cr2.1.6: Demonstrate openness in trying new ideas, materials, methods, and approaches in making works of art and design.

Grade 7, VA:Cr1.2.7: Develop criteria to guide making a work of art or design to meet an identified goal.

Grade 7, VA:Cr2.1.7: Demonstrate persistence in developing skills with various materials, methods, and approaches in creating works of art or design.

Grade 8, VA:Cr2.1.8: Demonstrate willingness to experiment, innovate, and take risks to pursue ideas, forms, and meanings that emerge in the process of art-making or designing.


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