Drawing With Children: Nature Journal Style Lesson 1


Drawing with Children (by Mona Brookes) is an amazing help to moms who want to help their children learn to draw. It gives even the most beginning artist the confidence to get started drawing things realistically using a variety of art supplies. As a nature loving mom, I adapted the lesson plans to go along with our nature study plans and applied the ideas to our nature journals.

I am posting a series of suggested adaptations to the Drawing With Children lessons so you can do the same thing in your family.

I would complete “Choosing Your Starting Level”, pages 40-52 without any changes.

Suggestions for Lesson 1, pages 55-79

Work through the lesson as outlined with the following adjustments:
1. As you learn the “5 Basic Elements of Shape”, make sure to have some objects from your recent nature walk to look at. Use those objects to find the elements of shape.
2. Play the “Visual Games” from page 64 while on your next nature walk.
3. Draw the bird as outlined on pages 75-79. Finish the bird drawing by sketching an actual tree branch that you have seen on your nature walk.
4. Before you move on to Lesson 2,  practice drawing different birds you have observed by using a field guide or a bird photo. Use the basic bird drawing technique and adapt it to birds you have seen on a nature walk or at your bird feeder.



Get all of the Drawing With Children -Nature Journal Style Lesson Plans here in one printable: Drawing With Children Nature Journal Style.

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 РOil Pastels

Lesson 5 – Watercolors

Click to each lesson for adaptations, suggestions, and videos.


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

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