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  DRAWING FOR KIDS
Note: Grade levels are given as a guideline only. Lessons are always adaptable.

Drawing is one of the most important activities you and your students can do. Drawing not only provides the basis for other creative activities - like painting, sculpture and printmaking - but it also provides a direct link with reading, writing and especially mathematics. The connection between drawing and geometric shapes and measurements simply cannot be denied. And do you know what else? Drawing is the single most accessible form of art available. All you need (to begin with), is a pencil and a sheet of paper.

A BUG'S LIFE Gr. 3-8
Students will create a crayon resist painting of a bug's life. By Elisa Michael. [read more]

A UNIQUE DRAWING EXPERIENCE all ages
Students (and teacher) will see how with just one set of directions, everyone in the classroom will come up with very unique works of abstract art. [read more]

ADJECTIVE, ADJECTIVE, NOUN Gr. 3-8
Nancy Tompkins shows us how to encourage drawing skills, imagination, and a sense of humor. In this lesson students will also learn about adjectives and nouns. [read more]

ADVANCED SCRIBBLE PICTURES K-8
This lesson from Kim Swanger requires planning and problem solving, much like a math problem or science experiment. Students will see that scribbles can become much more. [read more]

BASIC SHAPES Gr. 3-8
This is a wonderful mini lesson in which children will create works of art using basic shapes. Written by Robert Beeching. [read more]

BEAUTIFUL NUMBERS K and up
This art activity focuses on the shapes of numbers. A good tie-in to math for younger students. [read more]

BLIND CONTOUR DRAWING K and up
Contour drawing is an excellent way to train the eye to draw what it really sees rather than what it thinks it sees. [read more]

BOSCH, HEIRONYMOUS: OH MY GOSH, IT'S A BOSCH! K-8
Artist Bosch explored both the good and bad extremes of human nature. In this lesson, students will explore these ideas as they depict beauty and monsters together. Submitted by Julie Moses. [read more]
(Section: Art History)

BOX OF CRAYONS Gr. K-5
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., students will create a classroom box of crayons to celebrate their differences and discover their similarities. [read more]
(Section: Multicultural)

BUG JARS Gr. 3-8
Children will learn to look at the details of bugs and plants as they learn about symmetry and asymmetry. From Laura Stuart-Smith. [read more]

CHALK AND GLUE PreK - Gr.8
A great lesson using art paste and pastels. Submitted by Leon Ruder. [read more]

CHALK AND STRING DESIGNS Gr. 3 - 12
Learn how to create wonderful works of art using string and chalk pastels. From Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

CLASSIC STILL LIFE DRAWING Gr. 3-12
Roberta Scrivener introduces students to a classic method of drawing, on toned paper with charcoal or black pencil, heightened with white. [read more]

CLOWNING AROUND K-5
Rebecca Engelman shows you how to teach your students how to make a clown drawing. [read more]

COMPLEMENTARY COLOR PORTRAITS Gr. 3-8
Madeline Buonagurio shows us how to create a portrait using one pair of complementary colors. [read more]

CONTOUR DRAWING K and up
This is awonderful mini lesson which shoes students how to create a contour drawing. Written by Robert Beeching. [read more]

CRAYON ETCHING PreK - 8
Younger students will enjoy exploring this activity while older students should be encouraged to investigate detailed images and patterns. [read more]

CRAYON RESIST FISH PreK - Gr.8
Use crayons or oil pastels and paint to create wonderful undersea images. From Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

CRAYON RESIST JACK-O-LANTERN PreK - Gr.8
A paint and crayon lesson plan for all ages. From Andrea Mulder-Slater. [read more]

CREATIVE PRINCIPLES Gr. 6-8
A series of simple design exercises to further understand of the Principles of Design and how each can be developed within a structured composition. From Ruth Hand. [read more]

DRAW A NEW WORLD Gr. 6-8
Deborah Dunstedter has a lesson that combines imaginative powers with known map-making techniques in order to create a whole new world. [read more]
(Section: Cross Curriculum)

DRAW A SPIDER WEB K-5
Students can follow step by step directions to create a spider web pattern drawing. This is a terrific lesson plan for Halloween. [read more]

DRAWING ADVENTURE K-5
Students will create drawings based on an imaginary journey. [read more]

DOODLES Gr. 3-8
A free-form drawing project that deals with the elements of design - colour, line, shape, form and texture. [read more]

EGYPTIAN BOOK OF THE DEAD Gr. 3 and up
Students will learn about Ancient Egypt as they make a Book of the Dead with Charlotte Broxon. [read more]
(Section: Art History)

ELEPHANTS K-2
Students will draw a step by step contour drawing of elephants using markers and pastels. From Jillian Goldberg. [read more]

FACE STUDY (Draw the Other Half) Gr. 3-12
This lesson will help students see and understand correct facial placement. From Katie Haase. [read more]

FILL A JAR K-5
This lesson shows students how to make the ordinary - extraodinary. [read more]

FRUIT AND VEGETABLE PORTRAITS Gr. 3-8
Students will learn that complex forms can be created using simple items as they draw portraits in the spirit of artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. Submitted by Lacramioara Matei. [read more]

GESTURE Gr. 3 and up
This is a wonderful mini lesson which teaches children about gesture drawing. Written by Robert Beeching. [read more]

GETTING TO KNOW YOU K-2
Linda J. DiPasquale-Morello has a terrific "ice-breaker" for you to try in your classroom. In this lesson, students will create self portraits. [read more]
(Section: Cross Curriculum)

GLUE FISH Gr. 3-8
A great lesson inspired by Marcus Pfister's book, The Rainbow Fish. Submitted by Karen Larmour. [read more]

GREEK STORY VASES Gr. K-5
Students will discover the art of Greek vases while they develop their own storytelling skills. From Doreen Diorio. [read more]
(Section: Art History)

HAND DRAWING Gr. 3-8
This is a wonderful mini lesson showing students how to draw hands. Written by Robert Beeching. [read more]

HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON K - Gr. 2
Using the book, Harold and the Purple Crayon as inspiration, students will use shapes to stimulate their imaginations to create a unique image. From Rebecca Engelman. [read more]
(Section: Cross Curriculum)

HARP OF GOLD K - Gr. 5
Students will experiment with sound as they create and decorate a harp box with markers, crayons, sheet music and glitter. From Mariella Pace. [read more]
(Section: Cross Curriculum)

I AM AN ARTIST K - Gr. 5
Here you will find a list of ideas to encourage students to work on their own sketchbooks. This is a good jumping off point for teachers and students who wish to try creating sketchbooks during the school year. From Eileen Urbanski. [read more]

INSIDE OUTSIDE DRAWINGS Gr. 3-8
Students will study and draw fruits and vegetables in this great lesson from Traci Wolfensperger. [read more]

IT'S A BUG'S LIFE Gr. 3-8
Students will create an original crayon resist painting of a bug's life. From Elisa Michael. [read more]

JAPANESE ABSTRACT WIND SOCK K - Gr. 5
Learn how to create a windsock with a paper bag and some magic markers. From C. Schilling. [read more]
(Section: Multicultural)

KLIMT, GUSTAV: BUILDING KLIMT K - Gr. 5
This lesson will introduce your students to the intriguing work of artist Gustav Klimt. Jennifer Schero introduces you to the art and shows you how to "Build a Klimt". [read more]
(Section: Art History)

LANDSCAPE RESIST PAINTING Gr. 3-8
Making an art form using processes and techniques influenced by those of different artists can help one to better understand how to create a landscape. From Lauren Geggus. [read more]
(Section: Painting)

MAT BOARD MASTERPIECES Gr. 6 and up
Ever wonder what to do with those saved mat board scraps (or other art papers that you've saved but don’t know what to do with)? Use them as innovative and colorful art backgrounds. Go "green" and reuse odd sized art boards for great new artworks: stretch your art supply budget! From Gerald Cloud. [read more]

MIXED MEDIA DRAWING (& PAINTING) Gr. 3 and up
A mixed media still life "happy accident" art lesson that is a great introduction to pen & ink, watercolor and pastels. [read more]
(Section: Painting)

MONET, CLAUDE: MONET'S GARDEN Gr. 3-5
This lesson from Julie Mower explores the painting "Garden at Sainte-Adresse" Here, students will create their own garden by the sea utilizing a similar composition design. [read more]
(Section: Art History)

MONSTER IN MY CLOSET Gr. 3-5
This fun lesson from Geoff Snyder allows students the opportunity to create using their imaginations and creativity. [read more]

MUNCH, EDVARD: THINGS THAT MAKE US WANT TO SCREAM Gr. 6-8
Students will learn about the artist Edvard Munch and his famous painting "The Scream". Then they will draw the things that make them scream! Great for Halloween. From Tracy Green. [read more]
(Section: Art History)

MUSICAL ART Gr. 3-8
Geoff Thompson has great ideas for teaching children the relationship between drawing and music. [read more]
(Section: Cross Curriculum)

NAME ALIENS & MONSTERS K - Gr. 5
This is a fun, weird and creative lesson that encourages students to create art using their names. Who could ask for anything more? From Melisa McCurley. [read more]

O'KEEFFE, GEORGIA: ABSTRACT FLOWERS K and up
Students will view and discuss Georgia O'Keeffe's flower paintings and then create their own drawings. From Madeline Buonagurio. [read more]
(Section: Art History)

OP ART CIRCLES Gr. 6-12
Students will learn how to create optical illusion art with the help of art educator Sylvia T. Durso. [read more]
(Section: Art History)

OWL REFLECTIONS Gr. 3-5
This lesson introduces students to basic printmaking concepts as well as watercolor resist techniques. [read more]

PATTERNS PATTERNS PATTERNS Gr. 3-5
Using paper, pencils, markers and some objects from around the home and classroom, you and your students can create some fantastic patterns that will astound and amaze. [read more]

PEN AND INK Gr. 3 and up
Students will hone visual recognition skills by paying close attention to details of shape, line, and texture as they create a complete ink drawing of one or more natural objects. From Christina Eosco. [read more]

PERSPECTIVE DRAWING - TREES Gr. 3-8
Paula Schinski has tips and ideas on how you can teach your students about perspective. [read more]

PLEIN AIR DRAWING AND PAINTING all ages
Are you looking for something creative to do on a clear day? Why not take a trip outside to let nature inspire you? [read more]

POP ART ICE CREAM DRAWINGS Gr. 3-5
A really super lesson plan from art educator Madeline Buonagurio. Use oil pastels instead of paint. Kinderartists will LOVE this one! [read more]
(Section: Art History)

PORTRAIT DRAWING - GRID SYSTEM Gr. 6 - 12
Using artist Chuck Close as inspiration, art teacher Alison Lorion shows us how to draw portraits using the grid system. [read more]

PORTRAITS: EXPRESS YOURSELF Gr. 6-8
Students will demonstrate an understanding of expressionism by creating a portrait of a friend who inspires a mood or feeling. Glue and pastels are the media used. From Rebecca Engelman. [read more]
(Section: Art History)

POSITIVE/NEGATIVE BUGS Gr. 6-8
Learn about positive and negative space with the help of art teacher Amy Shapley. Students in grade 5 and up will enjoy this fun lesson that focuses on bugs as the primary subject matter. [read more]

PRE-DRAWING EXERCISES K and up
This is a wonderful mini lesson that has children draw images from memory. In order to evaluate progess, there must be an established reference point for comparison. Have students produce untutored drawings before they receive instruction. Written by Robert Beeching. [read more]

RADIAL LETTER DESIGNS Gr. 3-12
Amy Woods introduces your students to radial balance. [read more]

ROUSSEAU, HENRI: FANTASY JUNGLE Gr. 3-8
Students will discuss the life and artistic style of Henri Rousseau and then create a stylized drawing using simple shapes. From Rebecca Engelman. [read more]
(Section: Art History)

SEE IF YOU CAN DRAW K - Gr. 5
Students will use their imagination and creativity by solving art problems in this art game. From Judy Walsh. [read more]

SHADED BOTTLES Gr. 3-8
Amy Shapley show you how to create a wonderful still life with pencils and paint. [read more]

SHADOW / SILHOUETTE PICTURES Gr. 3-8
This is an activity that teaches students about light, shade and shadow. [read more]

SHAPES: ORGANIC AND GEOMETRIC K - Gr. 5
Students will learn about the difference between organic and geometric shapes. They will also learn about warm and cool colors. [read more]

SHOE FISH K - Gr. 5
Aaron Kinn has a fantastic idea for creating fish with your young ones, using the soles of their shoes. [read more]

SHOE RUBBINGS (MONSTERS) K - Gr. 5
Using the patterns and designs found at the bottom of their shoes, students will create imaginary monsters as they learn about African American inventor Jan Earnst Matzeliger. From Michelle Strawser. [read more]

SKETCHBOOKS - MAKE YOUR OWN Gr. 3-12
Lori Rennekamp shows you how to create and assemble a sketchbook from assorted materials. [read more]
(Section: Cross Curriculum)

STAINED GLASS DESIGNS - Totem Poles (Drawing with Glue) Gr. 3-8
Using white glue for lead and chalk pastel for glass, you can create wonderful stained glass designs. For this particular lesson, personal totems were the theme. From KinderArt.[read more]

STATE HEADS K - Gr. 5
Students will creat art as they learn more about the state/province/territory they live in. From Cathy Jeffers. [read more]
(Section: Cross Curriculum)

SUNFLOWERS all ages
Students will create expressionistic sunflowers in oil, acrylic or pencil crayon. [read more]

UNDER THE SEA Gr 3-8
Several watercolor techniques are introduced here as students learn about tropical fish, unified composition and contour line. From Rebecca Engelman. [read more]

VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR/DAYS OF THE WEEK K-5
Students will become aware of the illustrating style of Eric Carle as they create a "days of the week" caterpillar using crayons. Submitted by Trish Wade from Brisbane, Australia. [read more]
(Section: Cross Curriculum)

WANDERING INK DRAWING Gr. 3 and up
Students will learn to "go with the flow" as they allow their materials to take on a life of their own. [read more]

WARHOL, ANDY: "POP ART" PORTRAITS Gr. 3-5
Geoff Snyder shows you how to teach your students to gain an understanding of Andy Warhol's work and the origins of "Pop Art". [read more]
(Section: Art History)

WET CHALK DRAWING/PAINTING K to Gr. 5
By dipping your chalk into wet paint, you can create wonderful works of chalk art that won't smudge like regular chalk. [read more]

WHAT DO YOU SEE? PreK - Gr. 2
Students will draw what they see in their part of the world. From Linn McDonald. [read more]
(Section: Cross Curriculum)

WHAT'S OUTSIDE THE WINDOW? PreK - Gr. 8
This is a terrific drawing lesson that gets the creative juices flowing. It is great as a 15 minute filler. [read more]



Fine Art Studio Drawing drawing kit

Fine Art Studio Drawing drawing kit

Learn to draw like a pro This kit contains an instructional book with four draw-it-yourself projects and a gallery of information about the fine art of drawing; a 36-page 4 in. x 6 in. sketchbook; 6 in. artist's mannequin; 10-8 1/2 in. x 11 in. sheets of drawing paper; three graphite pencils; a terra cotta pencil; a white pencil; pencil sharpener; smudger; and a white art eraser. Packaged in a carrying box with handle.




RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Drawing with Children; A Creative Method for Adult Beginners, Too
by Mona Brookes
Founded on the belief that any child can learn to draw realistic pictures using her "alphabet of shapes" while in a noncompetitive environment, Mona Brookes' easy-to-follow, lesson-by-lesson approach to drawing has yielded astounding results with children of all ages.


Colored Pencil Craze
by Walter Foster Publishers
An insanely fun drawing kit which includes 7 pencils, a drawing pad, a sharpener and eraser.