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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.



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


Mary Cassatt Study and HFA Thursday Promo #4 Giveaway!


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Mary Cassatt Artist Study – Links and Resources

Don’t Miss The Giveaway Below!

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This is the month for viewing Mary Cassatt‘s paintings in our house. As usual, I made our computer’s wallpaper one of her paintings and the boys are taking turns telling me about it.

New Link: Mary Cassatt biography video on YouTube.

We read Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artist: Mary Cassatt and had to chuckle at several of the pages. I know these books are not meant to be serious and the boys find them a great way to be introduced to a new painter. I followed up the reading of the book with viewing her artwork online, turning a rainy afternoon into a very enjoyable experience.

Mary Cassatt coloring page Dover Publications 1

The boys decided they wanted to try some sort of activity to follow up their online gallery viewing and I just happened to have Color Your Own Mary Cassatt from Dover Publications. This is such a great coloring book for colored pencils or watercolors if you pull the page out and work at a table.

Here are some paintings for you to get started in your study of this enjoyable artist.

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The Bath (La Toilette), 1891
Little Girl in a Blue Armchair, 1878
The Boating Party, 1893-94
Two Children at the Seashore, 1884

I hope you can take a few minutes this month to share this special woman impressionist painter with your children. She has a fond spot in my heart, made by the subjects of her paintings; mothers and children are something I hold dear.

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Thursday Promotion #4 Mary Cassatt Coloring Book Giveaway!

Would you like to enter for a chance to win the Mary Cassatt Coloring Book from Dover Publications AND a set of colored pencils too?

Use the link to the Rafflecopter gadget below to enter before 8/26/18. I will randomly choose a winner to receive these resources for a fun study of Mary Cassatt!

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More Mary Cassatt Study with Harmony Fine Arts

Harmony Fine Arts Grade 1 Art and Music Plans @harmonyfinearts.orgharmony Fine Arts Cover grade 8

Mary Cassatt is an artist that is studied in depth during Harmony Fine Arts Grade 1 and Grade 8. You may wish to take a look at purchasing one of those years if you want to learn more about Mary Cassatt with your family.

Grade 1 Link to Example and Link to Sample

Grade 8 Link to Example and Link to Sample

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Get started this year with art and music appreciation in your family!

Mary Cassatt coloring page Dover Publications 2

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Every Thursday during the month of August, I’ll be posting a special offer, a free printable, or a giveaway opportunity! August for homeschooling families can be a last flurry of planning and I thought this might be a fun way to anticipate a September start of the school year. Make sure you are subscribed to my email list so you don’t miss a single one of the August promotions!

Music Appreciation Monday – Rimsky Korsakov

Music Monday on Harmony Fine Arts Join us every Monday for a new musical selection.


This week I am featuring one of my all time favorite pieces of music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

You can read more about this composer on DSO Kids (including how to pronounce his name): Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.



This composer is featured in Harmony Fine Arts grade 4 plans if you would like to listen to more Rimsky-Korsakov.

Harmony Fine Arts Grade 4 Art and Music Curriculum

Practical Homeschool Award 2016 Harmony Fine Arts

Harmony Fine Arts products were winners in the Practical Homeschool Awards for the past several years! This award was voted by users as one of the top programs for 2016.

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