Fourth and Fifth grade students are finishing their sketchbook designs. This lesson comes from Mona Brooks "Drawing with Children" book and she calls it "A Unique Drawing Experience." I adapted it with my own set of directions so that students could review the elements and principles of design, but the basic idea is that students listen to a set of directions and follow them. The first direction I gave students was to draw four straight lines from one edge of your paper to another edge. This is a great lesson because even if all students follow the same direction, all of the drawings are unique. A great discussion to have at the beginning of our art year - how everyone draws differently! When students are finished, we glue the design to a piece of construction paper, and it becomes the cover of our sketchbooks.