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Drawing With Children: Nature Journal Style with Lesson Plans

Updated on November 2, 2015

Now With Printable Lesson Plans!

My favorite learning to draw book for young children is Drawing With Children by Mona Brookes. You can read more about Monart School of the Arts here on their website.

This lens will help you gather the supplies needed to use this book with your children. I will also share some easy to use lessons to go along with the book that will help you and your children practice your skills in your nature journal. I have made all the lessons printable so see the end of each lesson for a button to print the information out to use with your children.

Even if you are not going to use the lessons for your nature journal, you will find lots of great ideas and videos to get you started drawing anything you want with this book's help. This book empowers the parent to help their own children be confident artists. Make sure to read the introductory pages and glean some fresh ideas and eliminate the myths about learning to draw.


Drawing With Children

I highly recommend this book to help your child learn to draw by seeing the elements of shape that Mona Brookes outlines in this classic "learn to draw" book for children.

She not only gives you the steps needed to help your child learn to draw more realistically, she will give you solid reasons to not believe the many myths most of us believe about learning to draw. I read this book every year to remind myself that we can all learn to draw.

Drawing With Children by Mona Brookes - Here's The Book You Need To Get Started

Drawing With Children: A Creative Method for Adult Beginners, Too
Drawing With Children: A Creative Method for Adult Beginners, Too

This book helps parents teach their children using simple step by step processes how to draw in a way that is gentle and easy. I have worked through this book with my own children multiple times and each time I glean more tips and ideas. It gives you the confidence to offer drawing, painting, and so much more to your own children.

My four children are all confident artists, the older two have gone on to take courses in graphic arts. My oldest son designs websites as part of his position at an internet company and my daughter designs art kits for children. Hearts and Trees Art, Nature, and Handicraft Kits

 

Using this Book with Your Nature Journal

I have put together drawing lessons using this book that will help you with your nature journal.

Colored Pencil Sketch Bird Nature Journal
Colored Pencil Sketch Bird Nature Journal

Lesson 1 Draw A Bird

Cook Time

Prep Time: 1 hour Indoor Art Preparation Leson

Total Time: 15-20 Minutes of Outdoor Time

Serves: Family Activity

Ingredients

  • Drawing With Children - Lesson 1
  • Sketching Supplies
  • Drawing Paper

Instructions

3.7 stars from 6 ratings of Drawing With Children-Lesson 1 Draw A Bird

Lesson 1 Instructions

I would complete "Choosing Your Starting Level", pages 40-52 without any changes.

Here's what I came up with for Lesson 1, pages 55-79.

Work through the lesson as outlined with the following adjustments:

1. As you learn the "5 Basic Elements of Shape", make sure to have some objects from your recent nature walk to look at. Use those objects to find the elements of shape.

2. Play the "Visual Games" from page 64 while on your next nature walk.

3. Draw the bird as outlined on pages 75-79. Finish the bird drawing by sketching an actual tree branch that you have seen on your nature walk.

4. Before you move on to lesson two, practice drawing different birds you have observed by using a field guide or a bird photo. Use the basic bird drawing technique and adapt it to birds you have seen on a nature walk or at your birdfeeder.

Prismacolor markers are expensive but this is one area that the up-front cost is worth it. You will buy these once. The tips on these markers are great and with the double-ended design you can pick a thick or a thin line to start with. One warning about these markers: They will bleed through most paper so you want to make sure you have a scratch piece of paper under your artwork.

I am giving you a link to a rather large set but you can purchase smaller sets at your local art supply store. I buy my Prismacolor markers at Michael's and you can purchase individual colors as you need to replace markers from the set.

I also have one son who actually prefers to use Crayola markers for his art work. I have given you links to the two sets we use the most in our house.

Drawing Supplies on Amazon.com - Basic drawing supplies to use with Drawing with Children

Here are some ideas for you art box. You can purchase these basic tools at any office supply store.

Jerusalem Cricket colored pencil sketch nature journal
Jerusalem Cricket colored pencil sketch nature journal

Drawing With Children-Lesson 2 Nature Journal Projects - Lesson 2 Nature Journal Projects

Lesson 2 Nature Journal Projects

Cook Time

Prep Time: 1 hour indoor art lesson preparation

Total Time: 15-20 Minutes OUtdoor Time

Serves: Family Activity

Ingredients

  • Drawing With Children - Lesson 2
  • Sketching Supplies
  • Sketching Paper

Instructions

Lesson 2 Instructions

Lesson 2, pages 80-115 Drawing from Graphics

Work through the lesson as outlined in the book. Make sure to use the proper level for your child.

Application for using in your nature journals:

1. Page 90 in the "Where to start" section: Make sure to point out that when you draw flowers you will normally start at the center, with plants start with the stem, and when drawing a living creature start drawing with the eyes.

2. Using Figure 2-10 on page 91, practice drawing leaves with your thick and thin markers. Make sure to follow the suggestions in the paragraph titled, "Using thick and thin line".

3. After working through the appropriate level in this lesson, go on to the section titled, "Choosing Other Projects" on page 112. Pay particular attention to the drawing sequence on page 114. Look for ideas for practicing the skills you learned in this lesson on your nature walk. If you can take a photograph of a scene or subject and then look at it on your computer or print it out, you will have a custom project to add to your nature journal. You could also use calendars, magazines, or field guides to help you with your project.

sketch 1

Challenge yourself to draw one object in each of the following categories:

1. Tree

2. Flower

3. Animal

4. Insect

5. Bird

Look through the colored illustrations in the middle of the book for some ideas of what other children have done for each of these categories.

Flower Pot Still LIfe markers nature journal
Flower Pot Still LIfe markers nature journal

Drawing With Children-Lesson 3 Still-Life - Lesson 3 Nature Journal Still Life Project

Lesson 2 Nature Journal Still Life Project

Cook Time

Prep Time: 1 hour indoor art preparation

Total Time: 15-20 Minutes Outdoor Time

Serves: Family Activity

Ingredients

  • Drawing With Children - Lesson 3
  • Sketching Supplies
  • Sketching Paper

Instructions

Lesson 3 Instructions

Lesson 3, pages 116-140 "Drawing from a Still Life"

Lesson 3 is really great for applying to your nature journal. I suggest working through the lesson as outlined to learn the concepts of drawing a still life. There are so many good points in this lesson that I want to emphasize the ideas that I really appreciated and hope that you can apply with your children.

* "Remember, as an artist you might not like many of the finished products, but they all serve as growing experiences toward the ones that give you a rush of satisfaction and appreciation." Page 139

* "Now you have a formula for choosing projects from graphics and inanimate objects and rendering them into realistic drawings. You have learned how to use a drawing process that involves training your eyes to see the edges of everything and to duplicate their shape on paper. You are now well on your way to handling any subject that you wish." Page 139

How to adapt this lesson to your nature journal

1. After working through the lesson, use the "Building Still Life Arrangements" section on pages 135-140 to arrange objects from your nature study for sketching into your nature journal.

Pay particular attention to page 137 where there is a list of possible items to include in your own custom still life. Many of these items are things that you could look for on your nature walks. Keep your eyes open to interesting textures and shapes and bring them home to arrange for your own drawing.

One additional suggestion I have is to place the still life in a spot where you can keep it up for a period of time. We sometimes work several different days on a single still life. Another idea is to have the still life in the middle of the table and then to draw it from different angles or sides of the table.

Nature Journal Sketching Outdoors
Nature Journal Sketching Outdoors

Drawing With Children-Lesson 4 Sketching Outdoors - Lesson 4 Sketching Outdoors

Lesson 4 Sketching Outdoors

  • Prep time: 1 hour
  • Cook time: -30 min
  • Ready in: 30 min
  • Yields: Family Activity

Ingredients

  • Drawing With Children - Lesson 4
  • Sketching Supplies
  • Sketching Paper

Instructions

  1. How to apply to your nature journal.
  2. Page 150 has a subheading for outdoor drawing and using natural lighting. She suggests sitting in such a way that the sun is over the back of either one of your shoulders. This gives your subject consistent lighting. Practice sketching and drawing outside.
  3. Page 158 Choosing Other Projects
  4. Follow the suggestions to use photographs or paintings as inspiration. You can take your own photographs or those out of magazines and have your children work them into their nature journals. Find subjects to draw that you have seen in real life. Have your children adapt the photos to match those conditions they have experienced. Mona Brookes also suggest working with your own three-dimensional environment for endless drawing possibilities.
  5. I love the quote on the sixth page of color images in the middle of the book with the title "Environments".
  6. "As students draw the creatures in our environment, they can also learn about the places they come from, draw maps and study geography, be involved in science lessons, and exposure to environmental awareness."
  7. Plant yourself in this chapter for as long as you need to feel comfortable before moving on to Lesson 5. Lesson 5 widens our choices of mediums: conte crayon, chalk pastels, drawing pencils, colored pencils, oil pastels, and watercolors.

Still Life With Watercolors

Still Life With Watercolors
Still Life With Watercolors
conte Crayons art supplies
conte Crayons art supplies

Drawing With Children-Lesson 5 Conte Crayons - Lesson 5 Drawing With Conte Crayons

Lesson 5 Drawing With Conte Crayons

Cook Time

Prep Time: 1 Hour Indoor Art Preparation

Total Time: 15-20 Minutes Outdoors

Serves: Family Activity

Ingredients

  • Drawing With Children - Lesson 5
  • Conte Crayons
  • Sketching Paper

Instructions

  1. Now we are getting down to the real meat of this book. The basics have been covered and now we are given some instruction and direction on what to try after we have tired of markers.
  2. The first medium mentioned is Conte Crayon....this I admit is not my favorite way to draw. It is messy and I don't have much control. I have done some work with the conte crayons and to me, they are as messy as charcoal. You smudge and smear and then when you are finished, the end product, even if you have used a fixative, needs to be stored carefully or they make a big mess. Now I know there must be artists that enjoy these crayons but I gave them a try and I have moved on.
  3. If you use the kneaded eraser that they suggest, you will want to keep it for using exclusively with the conte crayons otherwise you will make a smudgy mess on your next pencil project.....yes, I am speaking from experience.
  4. I would not use these crayons with little ones. They break easily and they will probably not like the results. I would save these for at least middle school age children, if not high school....or better yet, college. :)
  5. I would not recommend conte crayons for your nature journal. About the only thing I like to use conte crayons or charcoal for is to make "gesture drawings". Drawing with Children talks a little bit about gesture drawing on pages 180-181. Basically it means a quick kind of drawing that you look quickly back and forth between the model and your drawing.
Chalk Pastels Lesson Plan with Drawing With Children
Chalk Pastels Lesson Plan with Drawing With Children

Drawing With Children-Lesson 5 Chalk Pastels - Lesson 5 Chalk Pastels

Lesson Five using Chalk Pastels

Cook Time

Prep Time: 1 hour Indoor Art Preparation

Serves: Family Activity

Ingredients

  • Drawing With Children - Lesson 5
  • Chalk Pastels
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Pastel Paper
  • Fixative

Instructions

  1. Drawing With Children by Mona Brookes talks about chalk pastels in chapter five.
  2. The good news is that although these are just as messy as the conte crayons, your children will probably enjoy them more. They are colorful and you get lots of bright bold colors on your page. They are not as smooth on the page as an oil pastel but they give you more color than a watercolor pencil.
  3. We have always enjoyed the way you can overlap the colors and you can see them blend on your page but they will break if you apply too much pressure.
  4. You will need good paper, a kneaded eraser, and a fixative in order to use these in your nature drawings. I am still not convinced I would use them directly into my nature journal or carry chalk pastels in my backpack but if you are around the house and can use them on separate sheets of paper and then insert them into your journal, they are a nice change from colored pencils.
  5. You can see how the leaf looks great but there is a mess on the page and the pastels broke when I was using them. You can still use them even when they get quite small though so just be prepared that your nice new box of pastels will soon be broken and messy.
  6. I also tried the Pastels Pencils (Conte brand) and they were a little easier to use than the crayon sticks. They still have the same texture so they were a little scratchy on the paper and still made a little mess. If I had to choose, I would use the pencils but not in my nature notebook. The pencils were much easier to control and you could sharpen them to a point to get a nice sharp line.

Chalk Pastel Leaf

Chalk Pastel Leaf
Chalk Pastel Leaf

Chalk Pastel Beginners Video - My YouTube video to introduce chalk pastels.

Chalk Pastels Beginner's Video #2

This is the follow up to my first video and will give you some additional ideas for using chalk pastels.

Pencils in an Art Bin for nature journal
Pencils in an Art Bin for nature journal

Drawing With Children-Lesson 5 Drawing Pencils - Lesson 5 Drawing Pencils

Lesson 5 Using Drawing Pencils

Cook Time

Prep Time: 1 hour Indoor Art Preparation Time

Total Time: 15-20 Minutes Outdoors

Serves: Family Activity

Ingredients

  • Drawing With Children - Lesson 5
  • Variety of Drawing Pencils
  • Drawing Paper

Instructions

  1. Pencils are easy to find and easy to use. They are small enough to fit in any backpack along with a nature journal. I always carry drawing pencils with me when we take our hikes and they are the "staple" of my nature drawing kit.
  2. I have two ways of carrying them. If I am carrying my big backpack and have room to fit it in, I carry my Art Bin filled with various kinds of drawing pencils, a good metal sharpener, a few erasers, and a drawing tortillion.
  3. If I am traveling light, I put a few pencils, my black ink pen, and a few old crayons in a Ziploc bag and carry them that way. Don't laugh, it works.
  4. So what kind of pencils do you want to try? Most homeschoolers have a ready supply of the good old stand-by #2 pencils. This will do fine to start but for a variety of line you might want to try a different pencil that is harder or softer than the #2.
  5. Mona Brookes suggests:
  6. one #H (hard lead gives lighter line)
  7. one #2B (the "B" is the softness)
  8. one #5B or #6B
  9. She also recommends starting a sketch with the #H, adding in some shading and detail with the #2B, and then going back and putting on the darkest shadings with the #5B or #6B.
  10. Personally, I love to use the #4B and the #6B. When I am really into a sketch, I love to really make the darks dark and it is much easier to do with the #6B. If you really want to splurge, try a woodless pencil...it feels so good in your hand.
  11. Pencils are relatively inexpensive so you can pick up a variety and add them into your art box. If you are on a budget and want to work on your drawing skills, then try just using pencil and eraser and you can get beautiful results.
colored Pencils nature journal wildflowers sketches
colored Pencils nature journal wildflowers sketches

Drawing With Children-Lesson 5 Colored Pencils - Lesson 5 Colored Pencils

Lesson 5 Using Colored Pencils

Cook Time

Prep Time: 1 Hour Indoor Art Preparation Time

Total Time: 15-20 Minutes Outdoor Observation Time

Serves: Family Activity

Ingredients

  • Drawing With Children - Lesson 5
  • Set of Colored Pencils
  • Drawing Paper

Instructions

  1. Have I told you how much I love colored pencils? Until I started buying good quality colored pencils, I didn't realize their potential for making a really good drawing. Colored pencils come in different hardnesses just like drawing pencils. Harder pencils are more difficult to get a lot of color from and they don't blend very well. I prefer to use a softer lead. I know most of us start off with colored pencils from Crayola or some other popular reasonably priced company and that is okay. Just remember when you are moving up in the school years that your children might be ready to handle and get better results from a better quality colored pencil.
  2. My favorite brand of colored pencils for older students is Prismacolor. My favorite brand of colored pencils for younger hands is Lyra.
  3. I know these pencils are a little pricey but you can find smaller sets at art supply stores or places like Michael's or Hobby Lobby. I always use a 50% off coupon when I am purchasing them at Michael's. I also found them locally at the college bookstore and they had them at a *serious* discount. You just need to plan ahead and keep alert to sales.
  4. Once you see how much color you get from these fantastic colored pencils, you will wonder why you wasted time with others. These are still the favorite colored pencils with my boys and they are 12 and 14.
  5. So how do I use colored pencils in my nature journal? I try to carry a set with me when I have room in my backpack. I remove them from the cardboard container and put them in a more sturdy plastic tub. I also have a tin filled with watercolor colored pencils from Prismacolor. If you are going to splurge on an art supply for yourself, these are worth the price. You use them just like regular colored pencils but then you can use a brush and water to make the drawing into a painting.
  6. To begin a sketch in your nature journal using colored pencils, I suggest first sketching the scene or item out with your favorite drawing pencil and then you can go back and use your colored pencils.

"Drawing is a teachable subject and artistic talent can be developed."

Mona Brookes in Drawing With Children.

Oil Pastel nature journal example
Oil Pastel nature journal example

Drawing With Children-Lesson 5 Oil Pastels - Lesson 5 Oil Pastels

Lesson 5 Using Oil Pastels

Cook Time

Prep Time: 1 Hour Indoor Art Prepartion Time

Total Time: 15-20 Minutes Outdoor Observation Time

Serves: Family Activity

Ingredients

  • Drawing With Children - Lesson 5
  • Set of Oil Pastels
  • Pastel Paper

Instructions

  1. The blending ability of oil pastels makes them an easy alternative to oil paints with far less mess.
  2. You can use oil pastels in your nature journal but you need to be aware that if you don't apply a fixative, you will have a smudgy mess on facing pages. I don't mind the smudges but just make sure to always put them in the journal where they are not facing another entry.
  3. From Drawing with Children, by Mona Brookes, page 166-167:
  4. "Form the undersketch with a very light color and then build on top of it. Use the tips of your fingers to blend the shadings."
  5. My boys have really enjoyed using oil pastels over the years and I highly recommend you give them a try with your children.
  6. View the videos that go along with this lesson here on this Squidoo page.
watercolor example nature journal
watercolor example nature journal

Drawing With Children-Lesson 5 Watercolors - Lesson 5 Watercolors

Lesson 5 Using Watercolors

Cook Time

Prep Time: 1 hour Art Preparation Time

Total Time: 15-20 Minutes Outdoor Observation Time

Serves: Family Activity

Ingredients

  • Drawing With Children - Lesson 5
  • 1 Set Watercolors
  • Watercolor paper

Instructions

  1. Watercoloring is the medium that I will share with you this time and show you how we use it in our personal nature journals. I know there are lots of ways to incorporate watercolors into your nature study but I will focus on how to do so in your journals while you are out and about.
  2. Please note: Nature journals take many forms. What my journal looks like is different than what yours will look like. The idea of offering this series of Drawing with Children entries for nature journals has been to offer different ideas and ways to go about keeping a record for your personal enjoyment. I have shared before that we don't always make an entry with every hike or outing. I make lots of entries and my boys make a few entries.
  3. So if you are reading Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes, you can follow along with her lessons for watercolors on pages 167-169. Here she gives you step by step instructions for offering watercolors to your children. I would suggest following the lesson and then letting your children practice on watercolor paper. After you feel comfortable with the medium, try using it in your nature journal.

Watercolor Crayon Demonstration

This short video demonstration will show how to get started with watercolor crayons.

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      iijuan12 3 years ago from Florida

      Great ideas! We love making nature journals on occasion.

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      katafus 3 years ago

      Can't wait to print out these awesome lesson plans! You just totally simplified my planning for this school year. We've been dabbling with DWC and I intend to use it a bit more systematically this year, now that my son is 7. I've already purchased supplies, according to your suggestions. Now, with these lessons (and your other wonderful resources), we're ready to roll. Thanks, Barb!

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      weirdproduct 4 years ago

      Tons of good ideas here. I just added this lens to my featured lenses on my kids drawing games lens. Thanks.

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      LLMom27 4 years ago

      wow, what great lessons. I love to do nature studies in my homeschool.

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      Barb McCoy 4 years ago

      @anonymous: We try to allow about 45 minutes per lesson, depending on how in depth you go. We repeated some of the lessons to make sure we really were comfortable with each type of media.

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      HomeDecorKnight 4 years ago

      Very much helpful lens for drawing lesson plans. I like the lens, thanks for sharing it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This looks wonderful! How long should I plan for each lesson?

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      Nancy Johnson 4 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Wonderful lens on drawing and doing art with children. I am interested in getting this book by Mona Brookes for my grandchildren.

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      cellphonezone lm 4 years ago

      Great lens. Not only for children, it's also for adults like me who have no experience with drawing and want to have a try . LOL.

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      caketech 5 years ago

      Angel blessings for all these great tips to draw with your kids! I believe all kids should be introduced to as much art as possible!

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      CorellaCockatoo 5 years ago

      I own this book and loved using it with some of my preschool students when I was able to spend time with them in small groups. Great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Impacting children with the ability to draw to me is very important, I'm happy I read this article today.

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      brynimagire 5 years ago

      Fantastic art and info. Great lens !

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens, you have covered so much here, and I so enjoyed seeing the drawings, they are lovely. *Blessed

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Beautiful lens with a lot of useful resources. Thank you!

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      interesting lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      So excited to have found your website. My kids and I are trying to get into nature journaling and art. Now I can have some instruction in combining the two, not to mention have some assistance in using this great book that I just could not seem to soak in. Thank you.

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      earthybirthymum 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is one of my favorite lenses! Great job

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      Heidi Reina 5 years ago from USA

      Great lesson ideas - nature journals are a terrific way to combine science with the arts for kids to express themselves. Donna Young's resources are phenomenal as well.

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      What a wonderful way to teach children to draw ... very nicely done! Congratulations on having one of the top 35 homeschooling lenses.

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      waldenthreenet 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens ! Your knowledge impressive for kids . I clicked "Like' for this one. Thanks.

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      My daughter learned to be an accomplished artist - but how much better she would have done if we'd had lesson plans like this! Thank you so very much - there are many things here that we can still learn as adults!

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      Lee Nitus 5 years ago

      What a wonderful lens. Your drawing lesson plans was quite good. I'll have to recommend it to my wife for sure.

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Another nicely done lens...I like having children as art students, they are so open to things and I honestly believe that they all have the ability to draw..they just have to be encouraged and have the desire.

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      hlkljgk 5 years ago from Western Mass

      this is a very cool lens. my daughter will love it.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 5 years ago

      Exposing children to the joy of creating is important to their educational and emotional development.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you so much for this info! It's what I really was needing to get started with the Mona Brooks book.

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      edzsquid 5 years ago

      Oh what a nice lens! This is really very good start of drawing to my children. Thank you for such a wonderful information and ideas you have shared!

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      caketech 5 years ago

      Blessed by a squid angel on the "I love that word" quest. My word was drawing! This is a great way to get kids involved with drawing!

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      greatartists 5 years ago

      Wonderful drawing resources. Very clear and easy to follow. Thank you!

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Wonderful lessons, and I enjoyed the photos that go along with each. *Blessed by an angel on the Back to School Bus Trip*

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      Loraine Brummer 6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Nice lens. Interesting and educational. Thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love this. It will help my boys and I to learn to draw, but I think, also less embarassed and just enjoy ourselves.

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      DianaHarper LM 6 years ago

      Just got an art teacher "survival guide." This is the perfect complement. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Excellent! I am glad I have seen this. The recipe mod is perfect for lesson pages.

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      A+

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      I've loved art my entire life but didn't have much guidance as a kid. I'm saving this for ideas to work through with my grandkids ... thanks so much for this lens!

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      Mary 6 years ago from Chicago area

      I love how you prioritize art in education! Lensrolling this to Stocking Stuffers for Artistic Kids.

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      I couldn't resist. Your lens is so well done - ~ blessed with a cupid kiss ~

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      capriliz lm 6 years ago

      Allowing kids to have fun with nature is so important, just like the arts are important for them. And you combined the two things into fun activities. Well done!

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      scrapnsew 6 years ago

      Wow, Barb! I just found this, I can't wait to plug it into our schedule.

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      This is great and useful. Thanks 5*

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      Vikki 6 years ago from US

      *Blessed by a squid angel*;)

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      Blonde Blythe 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I love all the lessons! What great fun for children! Thank you so much for blessing "My 50 Favorite Art Masterpieces" lens! :)

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I love all the written out lessons! Thanks! =D

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      Rhonda Albom 6 years ago from New Zealand

      This is a great page. Loaded with great drawing tips for kids. I have featured it onfacebook. Please stop by and see it at: Homeschool Fun for Tweens and Teens.

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      John Norman Stewart 6 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      Nice lens. I really love the picture at the top of this lens. As a professional artist, it would be difficult for me to come up with something that good! Children have got it all...:)

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      Kay 6 years ago

      This homeschool mom LOVES these ideas. Thank you!

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      Delia 6 years ago

      Hello from a Squidoo greeter! great children art lesson plans...I will have to try some for these lessons...I love teaching a child art.

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      Barb McCoy 6 years ago

      @eclecticeducati1: Thank you for your kind words.

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      eclecticeducati1 6 years ago

      I rated this a while ago, but I came back to bless it. Great lens.

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      Rita-K 6 years ago

      What a wonderful teaching lens! You really are going to help a lot of little artists develop their gifts.I have put this on my favorite lens list at make stepping stones the easy way.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love this! What great ideas and so well presented!

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Nice lens on a good subject. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and also on Art Supplies.

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      planningmang 7 years ago

      Nice lens. It supplied useful information. Really cool lens. I must back to your lens.

      Thanks.

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      Drawing With Children by Mona Brookes and nature journaling are an inspiring combination. What a wonderful way to illustrate all that you are learning along your homeschooling journey.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thank you for this informative lens. I having been looking at this book for my DD8, who loves to draw, for HS. Great tips!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great stuff! As an artist myself, sometimes it's difficult to figure out the correct way to form the instructions. Thanks a bunch!

      Sam(antha)

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      eclecticeducati1 8 years ago

      Wow! Lot's of info here!!! Thanks! 5*

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Great information here and a lot of it! Good work!

      Brenda

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      ngio64 8 years ago

      Thanks for a great lens. It is full of great info! I am lensrolling it!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is awesome! I bought the book and the basic supplies for my 2 oldest kids (6 & 8). My oldest is so anxious to learn art and is quite talented, I think, but I haven't known how to give her some direction. So now we're working our way through the concepts here. Thank you so much for sharing your expertise with all of us.

      Blessings

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      Katherine Tyrrell 8 years ago from London

      A very nice lens with some good advice. It's good to see Squidoo being used in this way.

      You might be interested in some of my art lenses which you can see in my lensography - just click my name to see my profile

      I'm giving this a 5* and adding it into various of my sites.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      This is really helpful! Thank-you!

      I hope you don't mind I've added a link to this on the Charlotte Mason network

      http://CharlotteMason.ning.com

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      Jimmie Lanley 9 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Printing out this text to pore over later! :-)

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      WOW, thank you so much for putting this together. Some of these resources can appear overwhelming, but everything you do with them makes it manageable and fun! You're my hero, Barb!

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      Jimmie Lanley 9 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      WOW! This is an invaluable resource!! I will be back to pore over this again and again! Please add it to the CM group!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      fabulous, thanks so much for doing this. I will be using this book soon and i really appreciate all your hard work.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Thank you for this Barb! This lens is a great resource!

      Blessings,

      Joy

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Another great lens.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Your hard work is greatly appreciated! We will be implementing this in the Fall! Thank you!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Dear Barb,

      I am so impressed with this Page!! I'm seriously considering using it with my children throughout the summer and beyond. I love how you applied it to nature journaling; just up my alley!

      I had the book, Drawing With Children by Mona Brookes, in the past, but wasn't "ready" to use it I don't think and didn't know how to apply it. This will make it so simple and easy to do so; just what I've come to expect from you!

      Thanks again for a fantastic resource, I can't wait to get started!

      Blessings, Melissa

      In the Sparrow's Nest

      www.homeschoolblogger.com/melissal89