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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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Kids Art Lesson: Decorative Line

Had an art class last week and the theme was decorative line. I gave the students a choice of drawing circles, squares or mandalas with decorative line.

They chose mandalas!

I instructed them to start with a circle in the centre of the paper and from there we added  petals, another circle (with lines in the circle) then more petals and petals on top of petals, , zig zag lines, squiggles, c-waves, stripes -it goes on and there was no set formula.

The students also came up with their own ideas for decorating their mandala which I thought was the best part of the lesson.

The pencil drawing took about 30 minutes and by then they were ready for something else (I wanted them to color it in, but they were done).

Katrina, age 6 
Katelyn, age 10
I think working with decorative line is a nice warm up exercise for kids but to make it more interesting, next time we will do it in glitter pens, felt tips or watercolor paint.

xo. QB