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Week 6 “Final Project” Drawing Lesson: Character and Landscape

The final project I used in my masters class gave the students a few choices. Continue reading

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Personalized Theme Alphabet for Preschool/K

About assigning pictures/objects to a letter for its sound: it’s much more effective to have that object form the letter shape. Arrows make A, a dragon makes the D shape, etc. The image making the shape reinforces the their acquisition of the alphabet and phonics in the way kids’ brains naturally process information. Continue reading

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Perspective Drawing Lesson, Week 5, Lego Figures

Applying principles of perspective to Lego figures. Continue reading

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Abstract Drawing Lesson, Week 4

Designed for week 4 of the drawing unit for Classical Conversations, this lesson uses students’ faces–realistic or cartoonish representation–as inspiration. Continue reading

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Upside-Down Drawing, Week 3

The biggest impediment to drawing is our assumptions. We often miss the actual size or shape of a line or area because we get stuck or intimidated about what we think it should look like. The idea behind having kids draw an  is … Continue reading

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Mirror-Image Drawing, Week 2, Classical Conversations, Native American

I don’t think anyone can learn to draw well without the foundational principles discovered in mirror image drawing. The longer I teach drawing, the more I am convinced this lesson is key. Continue reading

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Basic Shapes Drawing Lesson, Week 1, Classical Conversations

Keep reading for step-by-step instructions to draw a Narnian centaur using the OiLs method, aimed at Masters level students (ages 10-11). Continue reading

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