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Drawing With Children Markers and Free Lesson Plans!

Drawing with Children – Marker Preferences and Free Lesson Plans!


I receive many questions about my preferences for art supplies: Which brand? What size set? Where to buy them for an affordable price?

Many times these questions are asking me about my suggestions for markers to use with the learn to draw book, Drawing With Children by Mona Brookes.

Please note this entry includes affiliate links to products I use and highly recommend!

My short answer is that if you can afford to purchase a set of Prismacolor double-ended markers you won’t be disappointed.

Prismacolor markers are expensive but this is one area where the up-front cost is worth it. You will buy these once. The tips on these markers are great and with the double-ended design you can pick a thick or a thin line to start with. One warning about these markers: They will bleed through most paper so you want to make sure you have a scratch piece of paper under your artwork.

PrismaColor Markers

Note: You will need to train your children to put the caps back onto these markers securely or they will dry out rather fast. You will need to be vigilant about checking the caps when you put them away after your art lesson.

I’m giving you a link to a rather large set but you can purchase smaller sets at your local art supply store. I buy my Prismacolor markers at Michael’s and you can purchase individual colors as you need to replace markers from the set.

I also have one son who actually prefers to use Crayola markers for his artwork. I’ve given you links to the two sets we use the most in our house. These are a great marker and I actually still use these in my own drawing and art projects.

Crayola Super Tips Markers




Are you interested in using the Drawing With Children book alongside your nature journaling? I have created a complete series of lesson plans to go along with this book that you can download for free! You will need to click over to the first lesson and scroll down for the download.

Drawing With Children – Nature Journal Style  Lesson Plans





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.



Art Supplies for Kids graphic

You may wish to read more about my various suggestions for art supplies on my Hub Page: Art Supplies for Kids.


Fauvism Lesson Plans and Printable – From the Archives

Four Fabulous Fauvists Paintings with free printable lesson @harmonyfinearts

I am hoping you will enjoy knowing about a free mini-study I have in my archives! This plan helps your family learn a little bit more about two fauvist artists and their style of painting. The unit includes links and follow up art activity ideas for you to use in your family.

I always love sharing my favorite artists with my readers and for new readers you may not realize all of the fun things I have created in the past here on the Harmony Fine Arts blog.

Follow this link!

Four Fabulous Fauvist Paintings!

You may wish to check out my free downloads page for additional activities for your family.

Harmony Fine Arts Freebies Printables for art and music study

Chasing Vermeer Art Unit

Chasing Vermeer Literature and Art Ideas @harmonyfinearts


Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett is one of those books that our whole family enjoyed. We have listened to it as a book on tape on a long car journey which is a fun way to pass the time. It is a mystery that involves real paintings by Jan Vermeer, the Dutch artist who lived in the 1600’s.

I was always looking for ways to tie in our artist study with any other subjects like literature and history. This book does the trick so I thought I would share a bit with you and that way you can introduce this rather interesting artist in a way that may appeal to even the most reluctant of students. Here is a link to Amazon if you want to purchase a copy of the book: Chasing Vermeer.  (This is my amazon affiliate link.)

Here are the two main paintings discussed in the book with links.

Lady Writing Vermeer

 A Lady Writing

The Geographer Vermeer

The Geographer

I found this rather well done “book trailer” on YouTube if you want to get a taste of the book before you read it with your children.

Chasing Vermeer Book Trailer

Now for the follow up. If you own my Vermeer mini unit, both of the paintings above are included in the schedule and include notebook pages as well.

Vermeer Haydn Cover Button 2

Vermeer Links:

Essential Vermeer

WikiArt – Vermeer This is a website that many of Vermeer’s paintings that you can view, save, and print since they are in the public domain.



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