This is the second in a series of drawing lessons I created using Drawing With Children by Mona Brookes. I adapted her lessons to help children learn to draw in their nature journals. You can find all of the lessons in this series linked at the bottom of this post. If you want to print out all of the lessons in this series, there is a link for that below too!
Lesson 2, pages 80-115 Drawing from Graphics
Work through the lesson as outlined in the book. Make sure to use the proper level for your child.
Application for using in your nature journals:
1. Page 90 in the “Where to start” section: Make sure to point out that when you draw flowers you will normally start at the center, with plants start with the stem, and when drawing a living creature start drawing with the eyes.
2. Using Figure 2-10 on page 91, practice drawing leaves with your thick and thin markers. Make sure to follow the suggestions in the paragraph titled, “Using thick and thin line”.
3. After working through the appropriate level in this lesson, go on to the section titled, “Choosing Other Projects” on page 112. Pay particular attention to the drawing sequence on page 114. Look for ideas for practicing the skills you learned in this lesson on your nature walk. If you can take a photograph of a scene or subject and then look at it on your computer or print it out, you will have a custom project to add to your nature journal. You could also use calendars, magazines, or field guides to help you with your project.
Challenge yourself to draw one object in each of the following categories:
Look through the colored illustrations in the middle of the book for some ideas of what other children have done for each of these categories.
Click to each lesson for adaptations, suggestions, and videos.
You can download all the Drawing With Children – Nature Journal Style Lesson Plans here: Drawing with Children Lesson 1 – Getting Started.
Please note that Drawing With Children is part of the Harmony Fine Arts Grade 4 Curriculum. You can click over to read more about this art and music appreciation plan here:
The plans in Harmony Fine Arts Grade 4 relate the lessons to a study of great art and artists. Please see page 9 in the sample linked above to get an idea how I do this in the plans.
Supplies Needed for The Lesson Above