Thanks to Classical Conversations, I am slowly-but-surely learning how to draw. This is a big feat for someone who has only drawn free-body diagrams (physics) and stick figures (not physics).
So, not being an expert artist, I will give you what has worked best for me, a beginner, in drawing.
For lesson plans that correlate to Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes, go to this site. It includes a list of all photocopies you’ll need to make for an entire 25-lesson drawing course based on this book.
Donna Young also provides many printables that correlate with Drawing with Children. These are quick, 5-10 minute activities (33 five-elements-of-shape practice lessons, 19 mirror image lessons) that can be used in the CC classroom or at home.
If you’d like to practice drawing but have no background in art, the Art for Kids website has tons of drawing tutorials. You can also try What to Draw and How to Draw It by E. G. Lutz, which provides step-by-step instructions on drawing a number of pictures, including lighthouses, birds (turkeys, chickens, roosters, cranes), and farm animals.
For a storybook about drawing, download Willie’s First Drawing Lessons by A Lady, which introduces elements of drawing using nature to describe the straight lines, curved lines, and angles that we see all around us.
Download a copy of Perspective Made Easy by Ernest Norling. (If you have trouble with this link, you can also download it on 4shared.) This book contains so much useful information and makes perspective even doable for me! No more stick figures! (Or at least the stick figures will be smaller as we approach the vanishing point….) For specific tutorials on perspective, visit Wetcanvas and Drawspace.
For some great ideas on painting and craft projects, you can visit that artist woman. She provides a great lesson on perspective here. It is a great encouragement to see her work, which she posts step-by-step for those of us who are not so art-inclined.
Another great place for art ideas is Art Projects for Kids. Last year, Stephen completed this 1-point perspective activity at home as I was trying to figure out what would be appropriate for our Journeyman class. You may also opt to use instructions from Dawn’s Brain.
We also use the Draw Write Now books 2, 3, and 5 and Draw and Write Through History (which are NOT free). Click here to see the Table of Contents for each Draw Write Now book and click here to see free samples, including one on theTranscontinental Railroad. Draw and Write Through History includes more advanced drawings and copywork. If you’ve seen Stephen’s Titanic drawing, that was done using instructions in the Draw and Write Through History book.
Practice drawing 5-elements-of-shape designs using Donna Young’s practice worksheets.
Children are then free to draw as many Not-a-Boxes as they’d like.
|Mirror images on the whiteboard.|
Why upside down drawing? Familiar things do not look the same upside down. The purpose of upside-down drawing is to force your left (thinking) side of the brain to give up identifying what you draw. Visit AllAboutDrawings to read about the benefits of drawing upside down. Also view this slideshow about upside-down drawing.
- Using a fine-tipped, draw a border.
- Using a broad-tipped marker, draw three dots.
- Using a fine-tipped marker, draw three lines that touch the borders.
- Using a broad-tipped marker, draw three curvy lines that connect a dot to a border.
- Using a fine-tipped marker, draw three circles of different sizes.
|Abstract Name: Stephen|
|Repetition and Reversal|
Visit Dawn’s Brain for step-by-step perspective exercises
Download this Perspective Activity Page. Fold in half so that the student can see the one-point perspective guidelines underneath. Trace the outer-most rectangle and another rectangle closer towards the middle. Use the guidelines to add photos or windows on the side walls and a tile floor. Then they can unfold the page and draw a door and window on the far side of the room. This sheet may be used for any drawing you wish to show in one-point perspective (train tracks, long country road, etc.)
Great tie-ins to Cycle 1:
Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes
Fine Arts Resources
Drawing: Weeks 1-6
to Draw and How to Draw It by E. G. Lutz
provides step-by-step instructions for drawing
Young’s 5-10 minute activities for Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes (33 drawing practice lessons))
First Drawing Lessons by A Lady, an amusing
story about the elements of shape
Young’s 5-10 minute activities for Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes (19 mirror image lessons)
One point perspective Worksheets
One-Point and Two-Point Perspective Lesson
One-Point Perspective Drawing: The Ultimate Guide
Drawing Group Game (for Masters)