Monday, January 27, 2014

Drawing Lab


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.

1 comment:

  1. "Drawing For Mixed Media Artists" sounds like a good book. I think it is important for some, but not all, lessons in drawing and other creative activities to be loose and relaxed.