We know that research has shown time and time again, the importance of art
in the educational process. Children who are exposed to music and art
instruction do much better in reading, math and science. They develop
greater curiosity about, understanding of, and appreciation for, the
subject matter being taught. We know that providing arts in education
stimulates better behavior, personal esteem and socialization skills. The
activities in this book are not intended to replace core instruction, but
rather to enhance and extend the concepts taught within this practice.
Many of these patterns may be used as independent practice and are
applicable to both school and home learning.
We have created four different volumes that teach children how to draw in
a step-by-step manner that builds confidence and ability in young
Volume one features twelve easy to draw seasonal favorites: snowman,
love-bug, shamrock, bunny, flower, butterfly, Uncle Sam, sun, schoolhouse,
jack-o-lantern, turkey, and elf.
Volume two features twelve easy to draw pets: kitten, cat, rabbit, bird,
hamster, fish, puppy, dog, snake, mouse, frog, and turtle.
Volume three features basic to more advanced human figures: young boys,
young girls, woman, man, older woman, older man, infant, pirate, cowboy,
clown, princess, pilgrims, native Americans, and helpful tips including
features, hats, and positions.
features twelve easy to draw sea creatures: crab, dolphin, jelly fish,
manatee, octopus, puffer fish,
seahorse, sea star, sea turtle, shark, tropical fish, and whale.
It is our sincere hope that your students will experience success in
learning to draw and illustrate their academic works. We have provided two
free directed drawings in order to get you started.
When introducing directed drawing to
your students complete the drawing together in a step-by-step manner.
After you have done this several times and the children have learned the
process, then the drawings may be completed by the children independently
at a center. An example may be as follows:
First, draw a circle in the top left
corner of your paper just like I have done on mine. Next add a wing. Begin
your wing on the outer line of the circle and draw up and around just like
I am doing. Next add a wing behind the one you just drew. Watch me as I
make mine. Move your pencil to the bottom of the circle and draw an arched
line first going down and then up for the body. Now go back to the circle
and draw two dots for eyes and an upside down smile for the top of the
beak. Add a "v" shape to finish the beak. Add two half circles on the end
of the big arched line to finish the tail. Embellish and color as desired
... you have just drawn a bird!
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