7 Drawing Ideas for Summer ARt
#2 Use Frames
A simple frame drawing is a great way to encourage young artists to begin exploring. Think about it: A blank sheet of paper can be quite intimidating. By doodling a frame onto the page, or multiple frames, you've broken up that page and started the process.
Don't stress about your own drawing, either! Just doodle it. It doesn't have to be perfect!
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#4 Step by Step Drawings
Step-by-step drawing instruction is great for older preschoolers and younger elementary kiddos. They teach kids to see the shapes that make-up an object, animal, person, etc. Plus, they build confidence!
We have an entire pinterest board devoted to Step-by-Steps so you can just print out the ones that your children are most interested in!
Another amazing resource for step-by-step drawing is YouTube. We love ArtforKidsHub, which is a dad and his kiddos who have daily How To Draw videos.
#5 Drawing Prompts
We often start our art classes with a simple drawing prompt. It gets the kids "warmed-up" (just like in sports!). Drawing prompts get them thinking and creating differently. In class, we write the prompt on the board, but at home, you could just write the prompt on the top of a sheet of drawing paper. Maybe you could have a box full of drawing prompts?!
Drawing prompts don't have to be complicated. Just a question. Usually we keep it silly and short. Below are some of our examples.
Draw what you had for breakfast
What would you buy with one million dollars?
Design a scary bug/insect
Draw your perfect pet
You discovered a new kind of plant, what does it look like?
Draw a landscape without picking up your pencil
Draw a person using only straight lines
What would our room look like if you were sitting on the ceiling?
Instead of starting with a blank page, you can also start with a printed prompt. Here are some great ones that you can print right at home!
#7 "Simon Says" Drawing
It's just like what it sounds like! Our classes and camps LOVE this one. Make it as complicated or as simple as you'd like. Everyone's drawings will turn out differently. Think outside the box on this one...it's not just "draw a dog" or "draw a cloud", it's also:
Draw as many circles as you can until I say stop
Draw a line as slowly as possible
Switch colors with someone next to you
Draw BIG dots
Draw a squiggle that looks like a worm
Trace a part of your body
Draw upside down
Draw with your feet
Be creative and silly. If you have multiple children, they can probably play this game by themselves. If not, you can probably multitask while you shout out goofy instructions!
Orange Easel is an Art School in Liberty MO. Our blog here is written by the instructors at the school.