Haven't shown you any "Friday Art" lately. It isn't that we haven't been doing it, although at this time in our homeschool year it'd be tempting. We are working through Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered. Hoping it would be as good as the watercolor version, this one did not disappoint. One thing I love about this book is the illustrations. So many children's drawing books are illustrated by adults who have been drawing their whole life, and the pictures are perfect. Therefore when the child finishes a drawing and compares it to the one in the book, they are less than satisfied! The drawings and prototypes in this book are less than pristine, very kid friendly, and just plain old fun.
I also love the playfulness in the directions. For example, from today's lesson, "There's an untidiness to a cupful of sticks that you can best catch with a careless what-the-heck kind of approach." Ok! I can do that! This book makes you feel like what ever comes out of your pen is just what it should be. It doesn't make you feel intimidated to try, but rather empowered to tackle the drawing for the day.
Also, the drawing ideas are very fun. A few weeks ago we drew mops and brooms. GREAT. But then they had us think up fun new variations on our brooms/mops: twisty, electrically powered, just back from the hair dresser, factory reject. How fun! Not only is our drawing improving, but also our imagination.
Landon's drawings always end up with war in them somewhere. The U.S.S. Broomstick is about to be kamikazed!
Mine always end up with a twist of what's going on in my world. This lesson was on umbrellas. It had been raining like crazy and our dog hates to potty in the rain. Can't really blame her! If only she had a bone umbrella...
And Noah's always include soccer. The scrawny broom defender had no chance against the powerful shot on goal by the vaccum. And where was the goalie?