This is a very easy and simple manual on how to draw stick figures. It is addressed to language teachers in first place, but any one can learn from it, even students or young kids. You will learn to draw, give action, represent nationalities, and so on. You will really enjoyed.
You don't need to be an artist or an expert in stick-
figures. Remember that the purpose in using stick
figures is to make easier the teaching learning
process. You want to motivate students to use and
communicate in English.
Cool TIPS for you ! Anyone can draw lines and circles. But you, the
instructor, are going to use this ability make your
classes more meaningful and productive. And you
must remember that students already know to use
lines, and circles. Now you and your students will
use stick figures objectively. Our ultimate goal is to
Tutorial use English and stick figures are good in
accomplishing this task.
DRAW and TEACH The main purpose of this tutorial is to give you the
basic tools in creating and using stick-figures in
with To express in a few simple lines ideas and concepts
is our main objective. Thus we want to be creative
and good observer of human actions. This attitude
will help the instructor to grasp with simple lines
ways to motivate language learning.
So keep in mind the following guides as you use
1. keep your images simple.
2. don't worry about proportions.
3. select the shapes and other details that are easy
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Jaime Rodriguez 4. let your students create their stick figures too.
5. your stick figures can be used in all aspects of
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2009 6. all stick figures are useful and expressive.
Our Specific Objectives SECTION 1
Objective 1 THE STICK FIGURE
Drawing the Stick Figure
We are going to identify the basic structure of the stick
figure and the different elements of the face and body. We
will include how to give expressions and actions to the stick
figure, and personality as well.
Stick Figures in the elaboration of Didactic materials.
We are going to see how to use stick figures in the
elaboration of flash cards, posters, and other teaching
Stick Figures in language activities
We will see how to use Stick Figures in Short Readings,
Grammar points, Poems, Controlled Compositions and so on
As you see the other models of stick figures used by other
persons, you will realize the basic concepts on how to draw
stick figures will give you the alternative to create your own
stick figure characters in many ways and designs. Simplicity
is what counts. We recommend you to practice and copy the
different samples provided in this tutorial. Pick up the model
that best fits your ability and needs, then keep practicing until
you can easily draw your stick figures.
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Objective 1: Defining the Stick Figure:
1 A stick Figure is the simplification of a real person , animal or thing into One more Word about stick figures..
lines, shapes and dots.
The chart you see below presents different ways to build up your stick
figure. The simplest Stick Figure is model A; but you may adopt model
B, model C, or model D, because there are not restricted rules in creating
these figures. Remember, most of these drawing are done FREEHAND,
unless you prepare your material beforehand. What counts is the message
or idea you want to project to your students. At the same time invite your
students to feel free to graphically express or illustrate their ideas.
Basically the stick figure can be traced with just lines and circles.
Yet you may use other shapes and element to create a variety of characters,
or to make it easier for you the construction of stick figures according to A
your abilities. Now, in order to achieve the best image representation, we
will see each structure of the stick figure, that is, the head and the body
Objective 2: Drawing the HEAD
2 3 Objective 3: Simplifying the face
You Only need DOTS and LINES to represent the
The Basic Shape: The circle or oval stick figure face. SIMPLIFICATION is the key in
tracing your stick figure.
Other shapes for the
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Objective 3: Representing Basic Objective 4: Representing Basic
Expressions or Emotions
4 Elements of the Face
LETTERS can be very useful in
representing nose and mouth. Yet hears
and nose are not necessarily included in
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As you have observed in the previous page, with just a few lines and
Objective 5: Drawing the BODY
some dots you can achieve almost all kinds of Basic expressions.
Not too much details is required. Watch your image in a mirror and
let you face picture different emotions by playing with your
eyebrows, eyes and mouth. With just these elements you can
illustrate short contents. Check the following chart below.
1. Don’t worry about
2. Don’t overwork the
figure; Simplicity is the
3. Don’t have your
Objective 7: Giving the Stick
7 Figure action and characterization
In giving action and personality to your stick figures, you must
consider these particular points:
1. Exaggerate the action.
2. Include facial expression in simple lines to stress the
3. Consider just the outstanding details regarding professions,
sports, nationalities and so on.
The following pages include just a few samples of stick figures
performing some of these features.
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Objective 8: Preparing Didactic
8 Material with Stick Figures
Now you are ready to prepare charts, posters, flash cards, Power Point
presentations, and so on with Stick Figures. Of course, you need to
prepare a Lesson Plan beforehand. We have included some sample to
help you organize your new lessons. On the other hand, you can ask
your students to prepare their material with stick figures for a
particular class. You can prepare material for grammar, vocabulary,
short conversations and stories, and many other resources.
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Chart 03 Nationalities
ONE more TIP There are many, many things that we can
do with Stick Figures. Meanwhile we hope
that this tutorial may motivate and inspire
Stick Figures are not limited only to represent you to be creative and efficient in your
people. Animals and other things can also be teaching experience.
included in the list. Check the following charts. Thanks.
A Tutorial on Draw and Teach with Stick Figures
Prepared by Prof. Jaime A. Rodríguez
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