First, there is free drawing with the youngest ones (k, 1, 2). Just draw
and color. Get happy. Get comfy.
(By the way, I'm not an art teacher...just a teacher who likes art who
teaches kids who all seem to like art too)
My kids (grades 1 and 2 specifically) always like doing still life's,
sketching in detail from something "posed" before them, like a bowl of
flowers or a teddy bear, or whatever. They always amaze themselves with
their abilities to capture a likeness. Then we focus is on one part of
the entire drawing, and redraw that with even more attention to detail.
I have had good success with "themes" in drawing/art with grade ones and
twos...they choose a subject or object, which they then draw or otherwise
employ through many mediums...crayon resist, charcoal, colored pencil,
paint, realistic and cubist, and so on. Even kids at this age are amazing
in their focus and creativity. Ultimately, I ask them to return to
drawing the original object with pencil only, and what a difference!! The
details explode freely after immersing themselves in the foregone myriad
We spend a lot of time on facial expressions...how the eyebrows, eyes,
etc. can change an expression.
Anyway, just for starters......
>I love artsednet, but don't have time now to read every message as I
>used to do; maybe one day......... Anyway, I'm asking for your input
>on the question of how you approach the teaching of drawing to K-5
>students. What do you teach and how do you teach it? I look forward to
>you comments. Thanks. ann in nc
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