|My daughter's dragon|
The Fine Arts curriculum for Classical Conversations comes mainly from a book called Drawing with Children. We start out with learning the 5 basic elements of shape using an acronym -- OiLs
- O - Circles
- . - Dots
- i - Straight Lines
- L - Angled Lines
- S - Curved Lines
So how do you get started with the basic elements? Here are a few ideas:
Don't Teach Your Child to Always "Color" the Pictures In
|Sorry it's sideways. Blogger is turning my landscapes portrait style without a way to fix it!|
Get Some "How-To" Draw Books
Here are a some Ed Emberley books that I either just got in the mail or have checked similar ones out from our local library to incorporate the elements of shape. I tend to like Emberley for beginners because he does a lot of "stick art" that lends itself to not being complicated in its use of the elements, but still lots of fun.
|Making my own little world using elements of shape!|
The fingerprint books are great for toddlers and preschool especially. You can make cards to give to family members.
Have Fun With Review
And if you want to make reviewing and incorporating the 5 elements of shape, go here for creating fun wildflowers by using the 5 basic elements and rolling some dice.
Go here for a look at this picture from an art teacher's blog. She has a No-No Board! This made me laugh because she is challenging her students to think outside the box with art. I wonder if her students and parents responded positively to it? I'm sure some of you think this a little harsh.
Mostly, I hope this post helps gives an alternative to TV for your young ones. I so easily default to it with my own kids and I need constructive, creative, and simple things to remind me that there is more to life than PBS kids some days when I need to get things done :)