Drawing with Children Part 2: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

March 14, 2011

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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.

5 Elements of Shape Random Warm-Up, MacGyver, age 7

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.)

The Rules:

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

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Anne March 14, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I think anyone can learn to draw, but not anyone can learn to enjoy it. I imagine there are skills that can be learned, but unless you have artistic lenses like MacGyver, I doubt if it’s ever as rewarding.

Brandy March 15, 2011 at 7:31 am

I think there are skills that can be learned. But some people can take those skills and turn them into much more than other people can.

Tara March 15, 2011 at 8:40 am

Well, I can’t draw, but I’ve never really tried to learn. My boys and my Sunday School class of first graders laugh at me every time I try to draw something!

As a side note, I have started to collect things for our homeschool store, and the boys are so excited!! I just have to work out all the “rules”. Thanks for that wonderful idea!

Bronwyn March 15, 2011 at 9:21 am

This is great,I have run a similar art programme!
stopping by from the hhm

Annika March 15, 2011 at 9:34 am

Hi, I’m stopping by from HHH. Thanks for the great book suggestions! I think my children would really enjoy them. Have a great day!

Robin March 15, 2011 at 10:28 am

I think anyone can draw. Not everyones picture will look the same and some drawings may be more pronounced than others. My husband is a n exceptional artist and can draw anything in perfect balance, yet I am a more abstract artist. I think art can wake up parts of the brain and help us sort out our emotions, so I think we should draw in our journals everyday. I vote for a national day of drawing!

Sarah March 15, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Lion’s Lunch? looks like a cute book. I’ve had Drawing with Children on my shelf for a couple of years, but never really did anything with it. When I first got it, I hoped it would help me as well as my children. Maybe I should pull it off the shelf and give it a try.
Stopping by from HHH.

Anissa March 16, 2011 at 1:00 am

In theory anyone can learn to draw – in practice it is like anything else. You get out of it what you put into it. It hasn’t been much of my focus but my daughter is quite an artist. Her picture of the action verb “swung” today featured an amazing monkey, vines, and bananas. Quite impressive and easily recognizable and she is just 5.

maryanne March 16, 2011 at 8:49 am

I do think anyone can learn to draw, just like anyone can learn to play the piano!

Alice March 16, 2011 at 5:59 pm

I cannot draw well but I’m wanting to get a hold of that book and see if I can improve! Love MacGyvers drawings, he’s got talent!

Julie@The Adventures of Bear March 23, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I’m sorry the linky wasn’t working too well last week. I still haven’t found the time to contact them about it (probably b/c I am spending too much time visiting blogs and leaving comments:) ) Anyway. It is so timely that you are posting about your experience with Drawing With Children as I just picked it up from my library a few days ago and was totally thinking I would have to buy my own copy. I look forward to reading more about your experience with it. (I also know the giveaway is ended and still wanted to leave a comment.)

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