My posts for the previous weeks have been: Home Education - 10 Ways We Make it Work, Children Who Love Books, Maths for a Maths-y Boy and Bible, History and Geography.
Teaching Drawing (When You Can't Draw)
Nonetheless, I need to teach my children even in these areas where I feel out of my depth. So, I have taken them to art galleries, read books about art with them, and we are learning together. In addition, I have found ways for them to learn to draw and paint and create in spite of my lack of skills in this area. Today I am writing about some of the resources that I have used for this.
Draw Write Now
This series of books is particularly good for younger children (5,6,7 year olds), though older ones will still enjoy them. They teach how to draw simple animals, and give good ideas for creating interesting backgrounds. My older two used them a lot, and their ability to draw increased hugely as they did so.
|Draw Write Now Books|
|A Salmon Fish from Draw Write Now (by a then 8 year old)|
Usborne Art Books
I have used a number of Usborne art books for inspiration. Art Ideas and Art Skills have both been very useful - although they overlap a lot, and if I had realised this I would only have bought one of them.
|Usborne Art Books|
We have used these books many times, and they have been particularly useful in getting us trying out different art materials. We have tried out oil pastels, chalk pastels, watercolours, poster paints; all fun, and chalk pastels are always exciting because they seem to get everywhere. Drawing Faces is better for older children, and has been good for stretching my 9 year old and 11 year old.
|Lizard (by a then 6 year old)|
|Turtle (by a then 8 year old)|
|Egyptian Face (by a then 9 year old)|
This is a series of online art lessons which we have been using this year. We tried out one of the free lessons (The Czech Cat), and we were hooked. It has really helped now that my limited ideas have been running out! I like the fact that all the children can do this together, and the pictures they have produced have been striking - which has boosted confidence in drawing for all of them.
|Completing an Art Achieve lesson together.|
|Bugs (by my 9 year old)|
|Dragonfly (by my 11 year old)|
I am not a natural at this, but it turns out that my children are all much better at art than I ever was. They enjoy drawing, and love to create for the sake of it, to decorate their walls, or to send pictures and cards to families.
|My 11 year old's picture of his hamster.|
Now I invite you to visit my fellow homeschool bloggers who are talking about seeking beauty in their homeschools:Links will all be live by Monday at 12 noon EST.
Living & Loving Art by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
Putting the Fun in School by Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays
Art Fun In Our Homeschool by Amanda @Hopkins Homeschool
Fine Arts Is The Fun Part by Laura @ Four Little Penguins
Washing Dust Off Our Souls by Lisa @ Golden Grasses
Bringing Beauty Into Your Homeschool Through Poetry by Dana @ Roscommon Acres
Seeking out the beauty... by Kim @ Good Sweet Love
Joy in Home Education by Sarah @ Delivering Grace
Teaching Drawing (When You Can't Draw) by Lizzy @ Peaches At Home
Homeschool Art for the Artistically Challenged by Brittney @ Mom's Heart
Jesus, Peace, Freedom & Our Homeshool by Meghan W @ Quiet In The Chaos
Fine Arts Options in High School by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool
Reluctant Artist? What do you do? by Annette @ A Net in Time
Making Fine Arts a Priority by Lisa @ McClanahan 7
Creative Pursuits by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
Arts and Crafts in Our Homeschool by Shecki @ Greatly Blessed
Where Do You Find Beauty? by Lori H @ At Home: where life happens
Looping our Beauty Topics Saved our Homeschool by HillaryM @ Walking Fruitfully