Friday, September 18, 2015

Love this: Crazy Characters

I remember one of the most fun things to do during primary school was when we had a free lesson these cartoon character drawing papers would come out and we made the craziest characters! I think they contributed to the way I draw today, or they def taught me to draw.

The idea is that there are different pages for each feature of the person. The first page is the hair style, th enext is the head shape, then the eyes, mouths, ears and so on. You trace each feature and it creates this person at the end.

I gave my art students the papers to trace and they came up with their own characters.

We used the lightbox (yes I have my own!) to trace and it is actually a really good way to develop fine motor-skills. Little kids in my art class are always telling me that tracing is "cheating". I have never had a problem with tracing or letting kids trace because tracing is a skill that needs to be developed and it's not that easy to do.

I have no idea who made these cartoon character drawings originally, anyone know?

I found them via and you can download the whole set of papers to make your own character!

This brought back so many great memories (I wish I kept my drawings from when I was a kid).

xoxox. QB.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Kids Art Lesson: Step By Step Drawing

I found a great website via my Pinterest board called Drawing How To Draw and there was an amazing post/page full of these cute dog drawings and they teach how to draw them step by step. Check it out at here.

So I used their step by step guides for my art student and it worked really well. The lesson took about 1 hour to complete and it was so easygoing and enjoyable because the dogs are cute, silly and funny.

That's what an art lesson should be -- lots of fun!

Katelyn, age 10
The first happy little bird comes from

xoxoxo QB.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Kids Art Lesson: Symmetry

Had an art lesson based on symmetry last week.

I used these templates of bugs and creatures to challenge my art students. Thanks so much!

You can find them at 10 Free Coloring Pages - Bug Symmetry, I think they are beautifully drawn, so I didn't want or need to reinvent the wheel.

I traced the half bugs with a  pink felt tip pen and my art student completed the drawings.

Katelyn, age 10

It took 1 hour to complete all 4 drawings and it looked like so much fun, I also wanted to draw one!

xo. QB

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Kids Art Lesson: Portrait Drawing In Pencil

Had an art lesson with Katelyn (age 10) and we worked on portraiture and facial proportions.

I discussed the space between the eyes and that there is an invisible eye between out eyes - there isn't but it explains the distance between eyes. I spoke about the eyes being in line with the top of the ears and the mouth being in line with the bottom of the ears. I physically drew a line with my finger on my own face to demonstrate this. I also drew a line splitting my face in half from top to bottom with my index finger. I spoke about symmetry and how a face is symmetrical, but not really, right? Then at the end I said we all have different faces and different sized features, so it DEPENDS on the person you are drawing and it's all about measuring the distances between features.

Katelyn, age 10

I used the above template to discuss facial proportion, Katelyn did not need to trace it, and she had enough confidence to just draw freehand. Love it!

xo xo QB

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