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Drawing and Painting With Children-Resources and Ideas

Updated on March 13, 2015

Learn to Draw and Paint Ideas for Homeschooling Families

I will offer some ideas for your family to learn how to draw and paint together. We have used all these books and products in our family with great success.

Many times parents ask me for ideas on getting started and the books I share in this lens are not only inexpensive but they can be the foundation of your grammar stage art instruction. Learning to draw has such great benefits - long lasting benefits for our children.

You do not need any special skills to get started except for the desire to have fun and learn alongside your children. This is a fun family activity that you can share with your children, modeling how to learn and to make mistakes. A positive attitude is the key to helping our children learn to draw as well as they wish to.

Drawing Instruction Books - These two books are the foundation of our learning to draw plan.

The only supplies you will need are a steady supply of paper and pencils. We use plain old number two pencils for these lessons.

Mark Kistler's Draw Squad
Mark Kistler's Draw Squad

Easy step by step instruction that even young children can enjoy. Lots of examples and encouragement to draw every day.

 
Mark Kistler's Imagination Station: Learn How to Drawn in 3-D with Public Television's Favorite Drawing Teacher
Mark Kistler's Imagination Station: Learn How to Drawn in 3-D with Public Television's Favorite Drawing Teacher

This helps your child become familiar with the tools that will help them learn to draw things in 3-D.

 

Mark Kistler on YouTube.com

This will give you a taste of Mark Kistler's style of teaching. My boys love these videos and after watching them they can do the projects easily. They take the concept and apply it to so many things that they want to draw.

Lessons Help You Get Started

Lessons Help You Get Started
Lessons Help You Get Started

How to Use The Draw Squad Book

What to expect and how to get started

The book has valuable introductory information that you should not miss reading over. This section will help you as the parent to have an overview of how Mark Kistler teaches drawing and then structures his lessons.

First he describes the "Ten Key Words of Drawing". These include foreshortening, shading, surface, size, contour lines, overlapping, density, shadows, attitude, and daily use. These ideas are thoroughly covered in the Draw Squad book for your child to learn and then apply in their everyday drawing.

There are 30 drawing lessons in this particular book and they each are structured in a way that easily breaks down the steps to understanding the lesson's concept and then helps your child apply the concept to his own ideas.

After the Lesson - Be Creative

After  the Lesson - Be Creative
After the Lesson - Be Creative

Beginning Watercolors

This book gave our family the confidence to do more with watercolors. It not only is a book but it includes the watercolor paper, watercolor paints, and a great brush.

We had great results with this book.

Watercolor: For the Artistically Undiscovered (Klutz)
Watercolor: For the Artistically Undiscovered (Klutz)

A book, watercolor paper, watercolor paints, and a brush

 

What to Expect from Watercolor for the Artistically Undiscovered

by Thacher Hurd and John Cassidy

This book has everything you need to get started with your children's painting instruction. In typical Klutz style, this book is colorful and easy to follow.

The first half of the book covers the fundamentals and the second half goes more into detail.

Topics covered: learning to use your brush, stencils, color combinations, washes, light and shadow, perspective, and the four steps to painting a still life.

Additional Watercolor Tutorial Links

These links include step by step photo and video tutorials from Hearts and Trees that are perfect for beginners.

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    • ElizabethJeanAl profile image

      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      Art is a vital part of a child's education.

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      Just wanted to come back and let you know how much I appreciate your making this lens! My son and I are going to take a nature hike today, and will bring our new watercolor pencils along! Thanks for the idea! Happy Valentine's Day!

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      Barb McCoy 6 years ago

      @JanieceTobey: Thanks so much! I love this lens too....it made me really happy to build it.

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      Blessed!

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      We have done some of Mark Kistler's online drawing lessons and enjoyed them!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Art is so important for little minds

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      nosajreef lm 6 years ago

      nice lens my kids would love this if they weren't 16 years old now .....miss the younger days when they enjoyed doing crafts....I like making lenses for the kids to have projects to do

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Thanks for the cool videos and all. Art is something I wish we had more time for! =D

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      Barb McCoy 7 years ago

      @Sydnilyn: Yes, each book is a workbook where the child actually paints on the pages. Enjoy!

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      Sydnilyn 7 years ago

      Great lens. I was wondering if I bought the Klutz book "Watercolor for the Artistically Undiscovered", would I need one book per child?

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      SpellOutloud 7 years ago

      Oh my kids would love Mark Kistler Draw Squad book. Nice lens. Followed from your article @ The Curriculum Choice. :)

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      Jimmie Lanley 8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      We have received our Kistler Draw Squad book, and it's wonderful! I can see that we'll be buying more of his titles.

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      afuu lm 8 years ago

      nice, I made a lens myself on drawing and painting and checked others who are doing it. Great.. Your squad lessons are cool. Cheers.

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      Jimmie Lanley 8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Wonderful! We have begun our drawing studies in earnest. These two book recommendations are very appreciated! And I love seeing your real life examples.