Guess How Much I Love You: going beyond the book for Father’s Day

June 14, 2010

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Going Beyond our Book of the week:  Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

Art Appreciation: Introduce the art medium of pen and ink and watercolor used by Anita Jeram in the touching illustrations of this book.

This extension can be done across age-levels in a homeschool setting. For preschoolers, it works well if the teacher sets-up in the art center for several days. In a classroom setting, it’s nice to give a mini-lesson introduction and then invite interested students to join-in a small guided-group demonstration.

1. Give the children the opportunity to trace the pictures in the book with their fingers, following the black lines of the pen and ink.

2. Discuss with the children the colors that are used inside the black lines. Explain that these are watercolors.

3. Give the children a simple object from nature like different shaped leaves.

4. As in step two, have each child use his finger to follow along the outside edge of his leaf.

Miss Enigma, age 3

5. Give each child a plain sheet of white paper and a black pen. Instruct the child to draw the outer edge of his leaf, just like when he traced the leaf with his finger.

Miss Enigma, age 3

6. Now it’s time to watercolor. Model for the children how to mix water and paint and brush gently inside the lines of their leaves.

7. Demonstrate how to wash brush in water and apply to new color.

8. For a final step you can have children select contrasting color to paint background outside the black lines of the leaf.

MacGyver, age 7

9. If  your children follow these simple steps they will have enjoyed the art of pen and ink and water color.

Mac Gyver, age 7

Miss Enigma, age 3

10. Set them free! Now your children can create their own pen and ink and water color art!

Miss Enigma created a water color painting of a whale. This little lesson really helped her with shaping her painting. Usually she paints big “blobs” of paint everywhere. I’m sure she’ll still enjoy blob painting but this was an interesting advancement in her painting.

Miss Enigma, age 3

11. Frame art and give to Daddy for a one of a kind Father’s Day gift! Personal is always the best kind of gift.

Miss Enigma has been trying to draw Daddy for the last few weeks. It has really been giving her some trouble. Today she drew with more ease. He even has hair! I know her Daddy will love this special pen and ink and water color gift!

What is your Daddy getting for Father’s Day this year?

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Yes, we are giving away Guess How Much I Love You! To enter contest visit yesterday’s post. And good luck.

MacGyver, age 7

(his own vision after our pen & in and water color session)

MacGyver, age 7

(I think this will be framed and displayed in our bathroom.)

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Jade June 15, 2010 at 12:38 am

Stunning art work!

amandab June 15, 2010 at 4:15 am

I may try that with Princess tomorrow, as I think we are going to have a day away from the tv and computer (mostly the computer, for both of us!) and get very friendly with our paints.

And I love that book! We have a baby leap pad version of it only, but I still think it is one of the best we’ve read. We often make up our own “I love you more than …” :D

Erin June 15, 2010 at 6:41 am

That is really effective. I love the look of watercolour, but the ink first really adds to the pictures.

Marita June 15, 2010 at 7:06 am

Such beautiful paintings. That is a really inspiring idea. Thank you.

Gill@OuParklife June 15, 2010 at 7:35 pm

I love this book….And your watercolour paintings are gorgeous….

I love the tracing of the pictures with their fingers and how the children look like they spent a lot of time working on their creations….

Thanks for the idea

Christie - Childhood 101 June 21, 2010 at 7:59 am

Such beautiful paintings, with such detail. Gorgeous.

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