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Drawing 2011 Summer Update

If you have not looked at our plan please do so here.  This will help you to understand the examples below.  These examples are from using Drawing with Children as our spine, in addition to supplemental resources, in the fourth grade.



Line Drawing

Artpac Lesson

Mona Lisa
Start Exploring Masterpieces – A Fact-Filled Coloring Book

Positive and Negative Space

Basic Elements of Shape

These are original masterpieces created by the “little archeologist”.  She chose names to describe the feeling of the drawings.

Title: Science

Title:  The Germ

We have been working on shape and lines, specifically using the five basic elements of shape, and what fills the space between the lines.  We have done a great deal of drawing and coloring to identify shape and fill space.

 We will continue working on photographing shapes in nature.  One of our nature hunts included finding the five basic elements of shape and photographing the examples.  These are in our nature journal.

What is next for us?  We will be working with photographs and still life!  We are also excited to work with our new drawing history resources to provide illustrations in our history binders.

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Drawing with Children

I sat down with the intent that I wanted to teach my child how to draw.  I knew that I would need to participate and do these activities as well.  With this in mind, I chose to use Drawing with Children by Mona Brooks as a spine.

I have heard so many times before that this book is hard to use.  I found that I needed to extend the activities and content.  In order for me to do this, I needed additional resources.  I wanted low-cost solutions as well.

There are some scheduled activities that illustrate when to add to a nature journal.  Most of what we do with our nature journal is illustrate through sketches and photography.  As well, I use an additional resource, My Nature Journal, for prompts and activities outside of illustration.

We use a craft box to keep all of our items.  You could use a toolbox or backpack too.  We have several small sketchbooks, a large sketchbook, pens, pencils, markers, rulers, scissors, et cetera.  To this we have added a magnifying glass, tape measure, bug catching supplies, and other tidbits for exploration.

We keep a portfolio.  I have continued this idea although with some minor alteration.  I use page protectors to hold artwork for display.

Planned for the third through the fifth grades.

Download the 50 weeks of lessons

Download the Duplication Warm-Ups w/blank set

Refer to the Great Artist Study.

View our Drawing 2011 Summer Update.

Drawing with Children
by Mona Brookes

Drawing is Basic, Drawing and Writing to Learn (Click Here)
(Grade 3, ISBN 0-7690-2499-8)
by Jean Morman Unsworth (sketchbook optional)
Dale Seymour Publications

Any grade level can be inserted and used,  but this is beginning instruction for us. I chose a good range of resources.

Usborne Guide to Drawing
by Patience Foster, Edited by Lynn Myring (optional)


Art with a Purpose (Artpac 3 and 4)

Dan’s Doodles from Sather Homeschool
Available at Currclick.
This is optional, not always scheduled, and substituted for any warm-up exercise or additional practice.


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