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Level: ECE, Primary, Junior, Middle School, High School
Grades: PreK and up | Age: 2 yrs and up | Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater
[Andrea is one of the creators of]

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.

This lesson is based loosely on an exercise found in Drawing With Children, a fabulous book written by Mona Brookes. If you don't already own this book, consider buying it... it is truly fantastic.


draw, shapes, images, design, listen, understand, unique, identify, imagine, arrange, line, straight, curve, circle, square, triangle, color, similar, different, aware, hand, eye, sound, new

What You Need:
What You Do:

For Younger Students:
  1. Draw four straight lines from one edge of your paper to the other.
  2. Draw five circles anywhere on your paper.
  3. Draw one curved line that starts at one edge of your paper and ends up somewhere in the middle of your paper.
  4. Color in two of the circles -- any color you like.
  5. Fill in three areas of your paper however you like (completely colored in, lines, squiggles etc.)
For Older Students:
  1. Draw four straight lines from one edge of your paper to the other.
  2. Draw two more straight lines from one edge of you paper to the other and make the lines cross over the lines you have already drawn.
  3. Draw five circles - any size - anywhere on your paper.
  4. Draw two curved lines beginning at the edge of the paper and ending up somewhere in the middle of the paper.
  5. Fill in three of the five circles.
  6. Fill in four areas of your paper however you would like.

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Recommended Books/Products:

Drawing With Children
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. This is THE BEST learning to draw book we've ever seen. (for ages 3-4 and up)

Creative Doodling & Beyond
by Stephanie Corfee
Inspiring exercises, prompts, and projects for turning simple doodles into beautiful works of art.

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