Monday, October 12, 2020

Masterpiece Monday---Draw a Portrait & Still Life

 

You can teach your child how to draw at home.  When we draw at school we use shapes, numbers and letters.  Grab some paper and a black crayon or pencil.  Building vocabulary is part of our program so use the word sketch when you are drawing.  Tell your child that artists often sketch their paintings first.  
Draw a big oval.  Use positional words as you give instruction.  Draw with your child as you give the directions. Where do the eyes go?  At the top.  What shape?  A circle.  What is that black circle inside your eye?  A pupil (another vocabulary word) The letter L makes a nose and a big U for a smile or a rainbow for a frown. 
Add lines for hair.  We repeat this process several times and the children verbally repeat the directions. We drew the oval. What's next? Eyes.  Where do the eyes go the top or the bottom?  What shape should we use? 
Encourage your child efforts.  At school we are working on watching and listening to teacher directions.  Your child may not be comfortable with a pencil or crayon yet. Some children are able to use writing tools with ease and others are still developing these skills.  Writing, coloring and drawing take time.  We are working those small motor skills when we draw together. 
A still life is just as easy. If you want place a vase with flowers (real or fake) and an apple or orange on the table.  Does your child remember what type of art?  So let's sketch first---

*Draw a line at the bottom of the paper.
*Draw a  circle. Place a line on top of the circle for a stem.  It's an apple!
*Draw the number 11. Add a line on the top for a rectangle.   On top of the rectangle, draw one or two lines for a stem. 
*Draw a circle on top of the stem.  Add the letter U around the circle.  It's a flower!
As your child continues s/he will want to add leaves to the flower, more flowers and legs to the table. Sketch and then color.  Your child is an artist! 

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