Drawing for Kids continued...
Step 3 - Fill in the boxes
After completing the first two steps of drawing for kids, teaching the children how to make the basic shape and how to divide their page, go on to step 3, drawing a picture in each box using the shape.
Show one step of each picture at a time when teaching drawing for kids, and check often to see that all children are successful.
I can generally see each child's paper from where I stand and can quickly help a child who needs help.
As you demonstrate each step on large paper or chalkboard, say something like this:
"In your first box, draw a circle about this big - this is a nose. Put 2 little circle above it - these are eyes. Let's make a happy smile. Put your felt here, go down, go up. Put a big circle all around it for a head. Finish with some round and round hair...You've made a boy or girl..."
Finish the page in the same way.
In the next box...
"Make a big circle near the bottom of your box. Make a smaller circle on top of it. Make a smaller circle on top of that circle..show each step. Draw two circles for eyes, a line for a carrot nose (triangles come later) on the top circle. You've made a snowman."
In the next box...
Make a small circle in the middle of the next box. Make a bigger circle around it.. Make an even bigger circle around that one." Show only one step at a time and check that all kids are successful. Put a long stick under it. You've made a lollipop.
In the last box..
Make a row of circles making sure that they all touch. Draw two circles for eyes on the first one (great time to teach ordinal numbers, first, second, third...). Make lots of little tiny circles under the caterpillar for feet. Now you've made a caterpillar.
Later on in the year as we engage in drawing for kids, the students sound words out as a group and print them in the boxes near drawing.
Step 4: Finish the picture
Later in the year, I ask them all to add crayon color to their pictures. After years of experimenting with crayons, I think Prang crayonsare the best for primary art. They are soy based, have bright colors and do not flake all over the tables.
Drawing for Kids Teacher Tips
If the children are having a difficult time with step by step drawing, you may be going too fast, making assumptions that they are understanding your vocabulary (right, left, under, over, beside, next to, in front of, larger, largest...) or expecting them to follow too many steps at a time.
Use the largest paper possible. Teach the students how to draw big. Children are inspired by their teacher's enthusiasm.
Give the children who already draw with confidence an extra paper and let them draw what they want between the steps if there is a waiting time.