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
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
- 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
Step 1: Read Aloud Me and You
- 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.”
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.
Water Color Painting, Miss Enigma, kindergarten
Step 3: Paint and Mix Colors
- We paint often and the kiddos are familiar with mixing colors to achieve new colors.
- FREE printable color wheel
- How to mix colors lesson.
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 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 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!
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.)
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.
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