Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Chapter 4: The Craft of Drawing

I know what you're thinking:  how come everyone else published Chapter 5 on Monday, and I'm only working on Chapter 4?  Well, last week was a little nuts.  But the good news, I'm finally out of school, and I'll be catching up with everyone else!



Chapter 4 is called The Craft of Drawing and it's chalk filled with sample lessons on teaching children to draw!

There is much discussion on drawing human figures as a series of ovals, and loads of examples of pictures from published books, with the "oval sketch" version of the same picture beside it.

As I mentioned in previous posts, Mary Ellen Giacobbe, one of the authors gave workshops to different grade levels in my school district (where she once taught first grade) and modeled writing lessons in our classrooms.

Yes, I feel pretty honored because she was in my classroom modeling lessons with my students.  Trust me, she's amazing!

Mary Ellen recommended picking up a couple of these wooden manikins that are designed for artists:
If you click the above images, they will bring you to Amazon.com for more information about these figures.  They are VERY handy for children to sketch people in action positions.  The one on the left has magnet hands, so it would be easier to sketch a person holding something!

Chapter 4 had several mini-lessons on drawing and sketching details based on what the children saw in books.  These are the mentor texts listed in Chapter 4:

  
That's a whole lot of books!  If you look closely (click any book for a link to Amazon.com) and you'll notice some similarities:  All these book choices have topics to which the children can connect.  Topics such as family, pets, best friends, hobbies, and going places are the types of things my second graders write about!

As a teacher of story tellers (in the form of drawing as well as writing) I know it's important for the children to see plenty of examples of stories about topics they love. It's important that they see specific examples of how artists put details of the action into the pictures, and specific examples of how writers put details of the action into the words.

Reading to my students is not only my favorite part of the day, but one of the most important parts of the day.  Writers can't write without models!  


 Although I didn't make it in time to link up, there are a few others who wrote about Chapter 4 over at Teaching With Grace.  Be sure to check it out by clicking the Book Study image.

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