Drawing With Children: Les 5 Colored Pencils


Using Colored Pencils in Your Nature Journal
Drawing With Children – Lesson 5 Colored Pencils

Have I told you how much I love colored pencils? Until I started buying good quality colored pencils, I didn’t realize their potential for making a really good drawing. Colored pencils come in different hardnesses just like drawing pencils. Harder pencils are more difficult to get a lot of color from and they don’t blend very well. I prefer to use a softer lead. I know most of us start off with colored pencils from Crayola or some other popular reasonably priced company and that is okay. Just remember when you are moving up in the school years that your children might be ready to handle and get better results from a better quality colored pencil.

My favorite brand of colored pencils for older students is Prismacolor. I know these pencils are a little pricey but you can find smaller sets at art supply stores or places like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. I always use a 50% off coupon when I am purchasing them at Michael’s. I also found them locally at the college bookstore and they had them at a *serious* discount. You just need to plan ahead and keep alert to sales.

So how do I use colored pencils in my nature journal? I try to carry a set with me when I have room in my backpack. I remove them from the cardboard container and put them in a more sturdy plastic tub.

I also have a tin filled with watercolor colored pencils from Prismacolor. If you are going to splurge on an art supply for yourself, these are worth the price. You use them just like regular colored pencils but then you can use a brush and water to make the drawing into a painting.

To begin a sketch in your nature journal using colored pencils, I suggest first sketching the scene or item out with your favorite drawing pencil and then you can go back and use your colored pencils.

Some examples:
I sketched this out lightly with a drawing pencil first and then went back to add some color.
This sketch was done by my son after watching the goldfinches at our birdfeeder. He sketched the bird using a field guide and pencil. Then he went back and added the color to the sketch for his nature notebook.

Now, how about a video tutorial? I made two videos, one that shows the differences between the colored pencils and one that shows how to use the watercolor colored pencils. Enjoy.

There really is no mystery to using colored pencils. They don’t make a mess. They are easily transported. They give great results.

Here are the rest of the Lessons:

Lesson 1 – Getting Started

Lesson 2 – Drawing from Graphics

Lesson 3 – Still Life

Lesson 4 – Volume Drawing

Lesson 5 – Conte Crayons

Lesson 5 – Chalk Pastels

Lesson 5 – Drawing Pencils

Lesson 5 – Colored Pencils

Lesson 5 – Oil Pastels

Lesson 5 – Watercolors

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.


Cover Grade 4

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:

Harmony Fine Arts Grade 4 – Explanation

Harmony Fine Arts Grade 4 – Sample

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.

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