Drawing With Children: Lesson 4 Sketching Outdoors

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Lesson 4 in the book Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes is all about volume.

At this point in the book, I must confess, that somewhere along this point I feel like you need to just stop and dwell on a few basic concepts. If you are working through this book with a bit younger student, they may not seem to be “getting” it. I have seen it happen with some children that get stuck at this point in the book. I can understand it because this is not easy unless you have the sort of brain that is more right-brained than left. It is hard to make the switch to seeing negative space, volume, and how to make things look real. I would say that most children until about the age of nine struggle with this chapter. Don’t be discouraged.

I missed the following quote in lesson four the first couple of times I read it. I think it is worth reading and remembering.

“Beginners often lack confidence when it comes to this technique, so don’t be surprised at a few groans and furrowed brows….Encourage a balance between relaxation and concentration with children, if they have difficulty. Some four to six year olds may not be quite ready…….There is no ‘right’ age to be ‘ready’, so there’s no hurry.” Pages 141, 142

Work slowly through this lesson. But do try to get through the Tiger Lily project before you take a break from this lesson. I know when we first did this lesson it took us three sessions to finish. Remember there is no hurry.

 

How to apply to your nature journal.
Page 150 has a subheading for outdoor drawing and using natural lighting. She suggests sitting in such a way that the sun is over the back of either one of your shoulders. This gives your subject consistent lighting. Practice sketching and drawing outside.

Page 158 Choosing Other Projects
Follow the suggestions to use photographs or paintings as inspiration. You can take your own photographs or those out of magazines and have your children work them into their nature journals. Find subjects to draw that you have seen in real life. Have your children adapt the photos to match those conditions they have experienced. Mona Brookes also suggest working with your own three-dimensional environment for endless drawing possibilities.

I love the quote on the sixth page of color images int he middle of the book with the title “Environments”.
“As students draw the creatures in our environment, they can also learn about the places they come from, draw maps and study geography, be involved in science lessons, and exposure to environmental awareness.”

Plant yourself in this chapter for as long as you need to feel comfortable before moving on to Lesson 5. Lesson 5 widens our choices of mediums: conte crayon, chalk pastels, drawing pencils, colored pencils, oil pastels, and watercolors. This is exciting and intimidating. I think I will take each new medium and give it a separate blog entry. Some of these materials are not my favorite but I will do my best to present the way to get started with them.

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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.

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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.

 

Supplies Needed for This Lesson

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Drawing With Children: Lesson 3 Still Life

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In our continuing series of lessons adapting the ideas found in Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes, this week we will be creating a still life with objects found during our nature walks. You can scroll down to the bottom of this post to see the complete set of lessons and links.

Lesson 3, pages 116-140 “Drawing from a Still Life”

Lesson 3 is really great for applying to your nature journal. I suggest working through the lesson as outlined to learn the concepts of drawing a still life. There are so many good points in this lesson that I want to emphasize the ideas that I really appreciated and hope that you can apply with your children.

“Remember, as an artist you might not like many of the finished products, but they all serve as growing experiences toward the ones that give you a rush of satisfaction and appreciation.” Page 139

“Now you have a formula for choosing projects from graphics and inanimate objects and rendering them into realistic drawings. You have learned how to use a drawing process that involves training your eyes to see the edges of everything and to duplicate their shape on paper. You are now well on your way to handling any subject that you wish.” Page 139

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How to adapt this lesson to your nature journal
1. After working through the lesson, use the “Building Still Life Arrangements” section on pages 135-140 to arrange objects from your nature study for sketching into your nature journal.

Pay particular attention to page 137 where there is a list of possible items to include in your own custom still life. Many of these items are things that you could look for on your nature walks. Keep your eyes open to interesting textures and shapes and bring them home to arrange for your own drawing.

One additional suggestion I have is to place the still life in a spot where you can keep it up for a period of time. We sometimes work several different days on a single still life. Another idea is to have the still life in the middle of the table and then to draw it from different angles or sides of the table.

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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.

free-download-drawing-with-children-nature-journal-style-harmonyfinearts

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.

 

 

Supplies Needed for All the Lessons Listed Above

Please note these are Amazon affiliate links to products I own and recommend.

Drawing With Children: Lesson 2

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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:
1. Tree
2. Flower
3. Animal
4. Insect
5. Bird
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.

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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.

free-download-drawing-with-children-nature-journal-style-harmonyfinearts

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.

Supplies Needed for The Lesson Above

Please note these are Amazon affiliate links to products I own and recommend.

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