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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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Great Artist Study

As we are learning to draw, contour and volume drawing, using Mona Brooks’ book Drawing with Children with other resources, an interest in who were the great artists was sparked.

I looked at many note-booking pages.  I looked at many of the programs.  I decided to let the interest develop on its own.  That is to say that I purchased a second-hand book that contained famous artists, and I asked my child which ones did she want to study.  I added some, of course, that I thought were very relevant.

After researching how to compile and document the course of study, I decided on a very simple approach.  I purchased a composition notebook from the office supply store.  With my child sitting beside me, we created a title graphic for the front cover.  I used clear contact paper larger than the graphic design to fix it to the front of the book.

Great Artist Study

As any reference book has a table of contents, we created a table of contents for the notebook.  We left three pages blank at the front of the book.  We started with number one and numbered each subsequent page after the first three.

Great Artist Study

Steps to follow for the great artist study:

1.  Choose an artist.

2.  Record the artist in the table of contents.

3.  Create a title page for the artist.  Record birth and death dates.  Display a photo or sketch of the artist.  Create a title or heading for the page.

4.  Research and print small graphics of the artist’s paintings, drawings, sculptures, et cetera.

5.  Write a short paragraph about the artist.

6.  Mount the graphics in your notebook.  Write blurbs containing the title of the work, if known, and any relevant fact, if desired, about the piece.

7.  Record the beginning page number and the ending page number in the table of contents.

This is an example of a completed artist study:

Cover Page

Great Artist Study

Biography Page

Great Artist Study

Famous Works with Blurbs

I think that you can over plan.  In this case, I took a very Charlotte-Mason approach.  I do not think that this should be something that is overcomplicated.  My child has enjoyed the assembly and the investigation.  As you can see from the examples, I help to write too.  She dictated the biographical introduction.  I do not make a fuss over spelling or handwriting as long as the word is recognizable and the writing legible.  This is more a diary of investigation or a record of interest.

Here are some of the artists that we will be studying this year:

  • Vernon Grant
  • Edvard Munch
  • da Vinci
  • Rembrandt
  • Van Gogh
  • Michelangelo
  • Raphael
  • Monet
  • Matisse
  • Boticelli
  • Picasso
  • Thomas Kinkaid
  • Renoir
  • Bellini
  • Georgia O’Keeffe

I attempted to be very diverse.  I did not follow a model that would correlate history and art either.  A classical education does not demand that everything adhere to a period of historical study.  It demands that you seek knowledge and understanding.


I found this resource here. This is Study-An-Artist by Live and Learn Press.  You could use the mini-books inside your notebook or create lapbooks.

Visit Practical Pages.  Add these lapbook elements to your pages.  Your notebook will develop a personality and become very interactive.  I truly have enjoyed adding lapbook pieces to our notebooks.


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