I really feel I need to push my 4th graders to consider the way people move/bend to get them to the next level. Many still draw very stagnant/frozen/robotic looking people. After we went over all the joints in our body & the way that they bend/move....I had the students do several gesture drawings. THEY LOVED IT! I really feel it did help for them to consider the way the draw people & what they are doing within their pictures.
I select students to "model" for gesture drawing. THEY THINK IT IS SO MUCH FUN! I will ask them to pick a pose, but I'll often have to adjust them a bit so the angles are more pronounced. I give them some props to help stabilize and give more interesting positions. I always make sure they feel safe/stable before I have the kids start drawing. If I see them start getting shaky...I'll have them step down.
I will usually have the students do four gesture drawings. On the back, they create four people with details that are in a state of motion.
At the end of class...most of my students ask if we could do this lesson again! I think we will revisit it Mid-Year as a refresher.