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Drawing and Painting With Children-Resources and Ideas
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.
Easy step by step instruction that even young children can enjoy. Lots of examples and encouragement to draw every day.
This helps your child become familiar with the tools that will help them learn to draw things in 3-D.
Mark Kistler Online - Try out some of his free online lessons to get started.
- Mark Kistler Website
This is a treasure of a website for learning to draw. You also might check out his summer camps and school assembly program pages. We happened upon a summer camp near our home three years ago and it was a wonderful experience.
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
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
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.
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.
Simple tutorial on how to paint a watercolor wash.
- Stripes of white
This tutorial helps with brush control for beginners.
- Thick and thin lines
This tutorial helps increase your brush control.
- Wet on wet technique
This tutorial explores a unique quality of watercolors and gives a fantastic effect. Children love to watch the paints mix.
- More brush techniques
This video tutorial starts with a simple idea that your children can use creatively in their own paintings.
- Watercolors and rubbing alcohol
This is another easy variation with simple instructions but unique results.
- Watercolors and table salt
Here is another video tutorial showing how to use ordinary table salt for a surprising result.