Teaching Children How to Draw
Drawing can be fun. It's sometimes silly how we have preconceived notions on what a good or a bad drawing is. I believe that children should be allowed to use art as a form of expression. In our preschool, I noticed that many kids like to draw anything and everything. If we want them to settle down, we would give them blank papers, pencils and crayons and drawing becomes one of their favorite activities. That is what I call creative expression!
But for kids who want to learn how make specific figures already; you have to show them that drawing is made up of several parts joined together. “I don’t know how to draw!” Well, I don’t know either. I’m not an artist but every so often I do like to dabble with drawing or painting. For those who are clueless on where to start, here are some drawings that are so simple that anyone can really give it a try. Once you know how, it’ll be so easy to teach your kids or students some basic cartoon figures.
If I was able to do this, then you can too. Grab a pencil and start drawing!
Younger children can start off by drawing stick figures. In the above drawings, you can draw a lollipop by adding lines or circles. I see a man running. But what about the second man? What is he doing? Why are his arms wide open?
You can make lots of stick figures. You can draw girl stick figures too by adding clothes. Or you can draw stick figures with hair or make them raise their hands, bend their body and more.
You can use basic shapes like circle, triangle, square, rectangle to come up with simple drawings. The above illustration shows a Missy the Cat facing you and the other is Mister Rabbit with his back to you.
The Cat: Draw a circle. Add a smaller circle inside the big circle. Make sure the inside circle is placed near the bottom of the circle. Then you can add the ears, eyes, nose, whiskers and don't forget a tiny tail. Meow...Missy says "Be quiet. She wants to sleep."
The Rabbit: Draw a circle. Put inside a small circle near the bottom and part of a circle on top. Add the ears making sure it’s pointed and long with whiskers. You’ve got a rabbit about to hop away. Run after him!!!!
The Owl and the Clown
The Owl: Draw a circle. Inside the circle draw two smaller circles as the eyes. Place a large v between the two circles and a smaller v below. Fill in and complete as illustrated.
The Clown: Draw a circle. Draw two small circles as the eyes and one bigger circle as the nose. Now draw a curved line into a smile. Complete the face by adding a hat, a frill for the collar, laugh lines and you now have a happy clown.
There are still many shapes which you can use to draw simple figures like houses, boats, doors, windows, tables and chairs. It's wonderful how several shapes join together can form things of many kinds.
Another is the letter drawing. Using a letter, one can actually create something simple and cute. This can be done by older kids like the kindergarten students and up.
Reference: Let's Draw: Quick and Easy Steps to Cartooning by Frank Webb
Using Letters to Create Figures
Using Numbers to Draw Figures
I was very amazed that the letters could be made into certain figures. And so it is with numbers too. So here are some number faces that I enjoyed following. Now it's your turn to draw too.
If you enjoyed this one, I'm sure your kids will enjoy learning how to draw as well. Just remember the drawing doesn't have to perfect. It is also the best way to cultivate love for the arts, perfect for bonding and quiet time with the kids!