This year we started our art lessons using the highly recommended book ~
Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes
To begin, Mona Brookes suggests you teach the 5 Basic Elements of Shape.
Download my free pdf. version of her chart ~ The 5 basic elements of shape
Then she begins each lesson with some warm-up activities. They are aimed to teach to artist to look carefully and to reinforce the 5 basic elements of shape.
First Warm up ~
- copy the design in the block a few times
- carefully look at line shapes, spaces, angles
- practice mirror images
Next warm up ~
- Simple oral instructions (e.g.: Take a thick marker and draw 2 lines across the paper from one edge to another edge. They may cross or touch each other…)
- Some abstract designs (e.g.: Now take a thin marker and make 3 dots anywhere on the page, but one must touch a line. Now draw a curved line that starts in the middle of one of your dots ….)
- Fill in with patters and colour (e.g.: colour in the spaces between lines and shapes with patterns and coloured markers)
- and Viola! An abstract masterpiece!
We created a lovely grid design during another warm-up ~
- We completed the mirror image exercise and coloured in the designs. Cut up our coloured blocks and placed them into a basket We each randomly selected about 6 or so blocks
- Now we copied the selected design down the left side of our basic grid.
- We had to create a mirror image of the design down the opposite right-hand column and make our own designs to fill the center column.
- Finally we coloured in the grid.
- A lovely warm-up!
I looked for more specific lesson plans based on this book on the internet and found ~
- Drawing with Children Nature Journal Style with printable lesson plans. Barb (of Harmony Art Mom) created an excellent Squidoo lens and she developed lessons using different art mediums and Mona’s lesson principles and applied it to a nature-themed art activity. They look excellent, simple and practical, and I can’t wait to get to them soon.
- Donna Young.org art lessons and free warm exercise pages based on Mona’s book.
Next week I’ll share the key to drawing a still life – the Mona Brooke way!
Are any of you using or enjoying these lessons? Tell us about them in the comments.