This is one of my favorites so far this year!!!
My 8th grade started out with drawing this quarter. The main concept covered was value. The instructions were to take a photo of yourself and draw your shadow. WOW did they come up with some GREAT stuff! I just took a digital picture and they had to cut it out. Photoshop would be ideal but with all the testing in the school right now, I don't have a lab available this quarter. So, I printed their picture out in black and white. There has to be something vertical behind them. Most choose a brick wall but others did trees and interior wall as well. I explained how a shadow would fall on the floor at an angle and go up vertical on the wall. I let them choose if the shadow was going to be large or small according to their idea. The shadow had to tell me something about the story. Perhaps their dreams, or nightmares, something they enjoy or maybe a hobby. What a way to get to know this group of kids for their first project of the quarter! You MUST do this project!! it was so much fun!
Update: I found the link that I was inspired by. I want to give credit to a GREAT project I found via Pinterest. The Art Juggler, Shadow Run Rampent (Click here to check it out)