So much drawing has been happening here lately, thanks to a string of how-to books we've been taking out of the library.
Isaiah is the kind of person who likes to do things according to instruction, the way other people do them, and have the product come out "right." (Where does he get that from?) He gets easily frustrated when his drawings don't come out like the real thing...although he's recently been making some "abstract" art...a relief.
These books give him a step-by-step way to focus his energy and get the picture he wants on the page. We're practicing patience, focusing, and using the eraser!
He gets really proud of the results!
I don't know about how it is with you when drawing with young kids, but I'm finding it therapeutic. I've never been at all confident in my drawing skills and have been as apt to say, "I can't draw" as I am to say, "I don't run." But with the children, I've been careful never to say that and to let them know that everyone can draw and that there is no right way. But now that Isaiah's drawing sophistication is sneaking up, I'm grateful to have a guide that helps me draw a cardinal, or a compsognathus, or a bush-baby lemur.
The books we've been using:
- Draw 50 Birds by Lee J. Ames and Tony D'Adamo
- 1-2-3 Draw Wild Animals by Freddie Levin
- Draw Dinosaurs by Doug DuBosque
- How to Draw Dinosaurs by Jim Arnosky