Friendship Portraits by Children: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

February 4, 2013

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Week at a Glance:

  • Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Me and You Genevieve Cote
  • Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes
  • Portrait Drawing Lesson
  • Portrait Painting Lesson
  • Mixing Paint Lesson
  • FREE printable color wheel

Me and You by Genevieve Cote

Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Me and You by Genevieve Cote

Why we love this book:

Look at these two little friends. Aren’t you already in love with them? They are just too cute to resist! Charming, gentle illustrations and simple text send a big message about friendship and individuality! Rabbit and Pig like each other so much they try to be more like each other. They discover that they actually like each other better just the way they are! They learn that both of them are unique and special works of art.

How to Draw and Paint a Friendship Portrait

fall water color art by children


  • book Me and You by Genevieve Cote
  • white cardstock, drawing paper or water color paper
  • pencil, black crayon or black permanent marker
  • we used MacGyver’s drawing pencils
  • water color paints
  • paint brushes
  • plastic lids make perfect paint mixing pallets

Me and You by Genevieve Cote

Step 1: Read Aloud Me and You

Lesson Objectives

  • All children can draw!
  • Everyone is a unique work of art.
  • You should always be yourself.

The kiddos were quick to pick-up on the message of always being yourself.

MacGyver: “Even if you like your friend, you should always act like yourself and not try to be like someone else.”

Portrait Drawing Lesson by Children

Step 2: Draw a Simple Line Drawing of a Friend

  • Resource: Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes
  • We do not follow Drawing with Children lesson by lesson.
  • I do use some of the basic techniques and warm-up exercises found in Drawing with Children.
  • We began with the following directions lesson on the The 5 Basic Elements of Shape (page 72).
  • We studied the simple line drawings in Me and You, pointing out The 5 Basic Elements of  Shape.
  • We studied our faces, pointing out The 5 Basic Elements of Shape.

Portrait Drawing Lesson by Children

Water Color Painting, Miss Enigma, kindergarten

Step 3: Paint and Mix Colors

Portrait Drawing Lesson by Children

Step 4: Paint a Background

  • MacGyver is always pushing the envelop when it comes to our art projects. Before I knew it, he was splatter painting his background. The paper towel is protecting his portrait painting.

Portrait Drawing Lesson by Children

Portrait Painting of Her Brother, Miss Enigma, Kindergarten

I know I shouldn’t be, but honestly I’m always surprised at how fabulous the children’s artwork turns out. This is our very first attempt at portrait drawing and Little Miss Enigma draws this adorable crooked-mouthed-grin portrait of her brother? I know I am her mother but that painting is darn cute!

While drawing she told me, “I drew him a little letter d nose. It’s cute, isn’t it?” Yes, it sure is!

Portrait Drawing Lesson by Children

Portrait Painting of His Sister, MacGyver, age 9

When I was young, I spent hours sitting in my room drawing. I only took one art class in 6th grade. Never again because I didn’t like all of the controlled art activities. As I got older, my time for art went by the way side. Trying to draw a portrait with my kiddos felt awkward. I just didn’t have the feeling of freedom that my children exhibit.

I hope my children never lose their artistic joy and freedom!

Now, it’s time to get these portraits framed and displayed in our art gallery!

Me and You by Genevieve Cote

We’re GIVING AWAY one hardcover copy of  Me and You Genevieve Cote

To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.

How are you different than your best friend?  (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, February 7, 2013

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, February 8, 2013. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Julie February 4, 2013 at 5:27 pm

I love this art lesson!

Ellie February 4, 2013 at 7:39 pm

My best friend is my husband, but we are a prime example of opposites attract! One of our big differences is our reading habits, though we do read the same books at times. But more than likely, you’ll find me with a novel, whereas he’s more than likely reading non-fiction, especially a work of history or biology/natural history. Also, I read about 3X as fast as my husband, but he probably remembers at least 3X as much from what he reads. On the other hand, we’re both readers, so that’s a big similarity in our TV-driven society.

Jamie February 6, 2013 at 4:23 pm

My best friend is very organized and a great planner. I am more of a go-with-the-flow kind of person, but we mesh really well together this way! This book looks absolutely adorable, and thanks for the lesson plan!

Tammy February 6, 2013 at 10:54 pm

Oooh this is a hard question! I am going to have to say this biggest thing is our cooking. She is a gourmet chef- NO JOKE! She can make a microwave meal seem like a feast where as I will burn it! She can make some beautiful and creative meals where I can grill a hotdog and sometimes a hamburger and if I am daring I may even put onions in them! lol She will make homemade desserts and I will go to Trader Joes and buy a box of mix and make it! But no matter what when we sit down to eat- no matter how good or bad it turns out we enjoy the conversation and company of our families being together! We have 2 generations now of BFFs! We are blessed!

Jeannine February 7, 2013 at 6:40 am

That is the blessing of friendship, we are different and we like the differences!

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