Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Lion’s Lunch? by Fiona Tierney
Why we love this book:
In Lion’s Lunch?, little Sarah uses her gift of drawing to charm an angry, grumpy, bossy, old lion. Seeing a drawing of his “Great Big Angry” self, the lion decides he would like to change his attitude and the way he treats the other animals in the jungle. We are continuing our series on Drawing with Children by Mona Brooks and this book featuring the power of drawing ties in perfectly.
If you are studying animals, the zoo or the jungle this book also features a large variety of animals. It uses verbs to describe all of the different ways the animals move and communicate. And since we just adopted a baby elephant this book is very timely! Yes, a real baby elephant. More to come tomorrow on the adoption of our new family member: Naipoki.
Drawing with Children
Disclaimer: Drawing with Children will be an ongoing series. We are putting to the test Ms. Brooks’ theory: everyone can learn to draw. While I will be highlighting exercises from her book, I will not be teaching her book. Therefore, I highly suggest you picking-up a copy for yourself. I started with a copy from our local library but quickly purchased my own copy. This will be a long-term art study for us! You can find a link to the book at the end of this post.
If this is your first visit to our drawing series, you may want to start with a peek at our first post: All Children Can Draw.
Where to Begin
drawing starting-level exercise, MacGyver, age 7
Starting Level Exercises:
This exercise provides an assessment activity, helping you determine where to begin drawing lessons with each child (or yourself). The student simply tries to duplicate each image with a regular-tipped, black marker. There are three levels. If capable, the student progresses from level to level. Viola, you have your starting level. MacGyver easily progressed to level three.
drawing starting-level exercise, Miss Enigma, age 4
Brooks stresses developmental readiness. If a child does not have the necesary motor skills, stop and try again at another time. Miss Enigma struggled with level one. So we had a little fun and quickly moved-on.
Introducing The 5 Basic Elements of Shape
The 5 Basic Elements of Shape:
- The Dot Family
- The Circle Family
- The Straight Line Family
- The Curved Line Family
- The Angle Line Family
The 5 Basic Elements of Shape – The Random Warm-Up:
Simply draw the five elements randomly all over the paper. Think of free form doodling with the 5 Basic Elements of Shape. You can see my dry erase board example above.
Remember my dry erase board example above? Apparently, MacGyver considers this picture random doodling! He was careful to use the 5 Basic Elements of Shape. However, it doesn’t look very random to me!
Elements of Shape Random Warm-Up, MacGyver, age 7
Random Warm-Up, Take Two:
This time I gave much more structured directions. I wanted MacGyver to at least be familiar with the attributes of the 5 Basic Elements of Shape.
Elements of Shape Random Warm-Up, Miss Enigma, age 4
Miss Enigma is always invited to participate in our homeschool activities. However, she is given the freedom to explore on her own development level. You may notice she is scribbling more than drawing the 5 Basic Elements of Shape. She’s 4! Appropriately, I consider this great drawing!
Abstract Design Warm-Up, Mommy
The Abstract Design Warm-Up, Level 1: (We each followed the same basic directions.)
- Draw three straight lines.
- Draw three dots.
- Draw a curved line.
- Draw one circle.
- Color your design any way you want.
Abstract Design Warm-Up, Miss Enigma, age 4
Abstract Design Warm-Up, MacGyver, age 7
Here’s the scoop, MacGyver can obviously draw! He sees life through an artistic lens. When it came time to color his doodle, he turned his “doodle” into a fish hiding behind seaweed. He can’t help himself. He just sees how things can come together to create something new.
Back to the scoop! MacGyver can draw but doesn’t like to follow directions. He’s a free spirit and he moves through life in a creative fog. This level one exercise was perfect for him because he had to listen carefully to the verbal directions. Even Michelangelo had to study as an apprentice before he envisioned and crafted his DAVID. Consequently, a little direct art instruction will do MacGyver some good.
We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of Lion’s Lunch? by Fiona Tierne.
To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
What’s your opinion, can anyone learn to draw? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
One entry per person, please.
No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, March 17, 2011
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, March 18, 2011. Check back it might be you!
Next week FREE printable book featuring The 5 Basic Elements of Shape: It Looked Like a Dot