Monday, January 27, 2014
We've started a new art book for the new year, and so far it's another hit with the kids.
Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun! by Carla Sonheim is divided into seven units, each "inspired" by something different (animals, people, nature, famous artists, imagination). We started with Unit 1: "Inspired by Animals", and the very first lesson was to draw 30 cats. Just draw 30 cats, without stressing about the quality of each drawing - they were dubious "really mom, I have to draw thirty cats?". By the time they were done they were giggling and cheerfully leaving less-than-perfect cats on their page.
And so far, the lessons are all like that -- meant to loosen the kids up, to just draw to just move the darn pencil and I really appreciate this loose approach. Drawing can be scary, it can be intimidating, and this is the opposite of that.
Blind contour drawing was a hit as well. This means they were looking at a picture of a giraffe and trying to draw a giraffe, but couldn't look down at their page as they drew. I think there was a bit of cheating, though.
It makes life a lot easier and more fun when the kids are enjoying their Creative Writing and Art programs. Good stuff.