Pen and Ink Drawing

We have art appreciation two times per week in the afternoon, around 45 minutes per session and I wanted my boys (ages 14 and 15) to not only spend their time learning about artists and their paintings but I really wanted some more advanced drawing practice. They both enjoy sketching so I was hoping they could build on their skills this year.

Before school started I scanned my art shelves for some books that I thought my boys might enjoy working through during their art time. I lined up a few books on the table and asked for their opinions.

They decided on Drawing in Pen and Ink by Claudia Nice.

I purchased each of them a hardback sketchbook and a few pens to get started. We tried the fancy technical pens and ink cartridges a few years ago with Artistic Pursuits and we decided they were just too much trouble and the results were not pleasing.

This time we went with a few inexpensive pens and their favorite has got to be the Sharpie Fine Tip pen.

They are working slowly through the Drawing in Pen and Ink book a few pages each week.

Here are some samples of their beginning pages.


Crosshatching lesson


Another crosshatching practice page.

They are really learning how to control the pen and use it in different ways to give different results. I love that I am starting to see the skills transferring over to their nature journal entries and their science lab drawings.

I highly recommend this book and any of the other books by Claudia Nice.

If you have younger children, you may be interested in my blog entries for Mark Kistler’s Draw Squad and Drawing With Children.

Barb-Harmony Art Mom

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