The other day I was doing a lesson from Artistic Pursuits that I really loved and I thought I would share a little bit about it with you guys. We’re still occasionally using an Artistic Pursuits book that I reviewed earlier this year. All of the lessons are great, but we really liked this one.
In this lesson, the author teaches us about drawing portraits. First we examine a portrait of Henry the Eighth and we answer questions about the portrait. Then, we learn that our assignment it to draw pictures of ourselves or our friends with our watercolor crayons. The author gives some advice about shapes in your head and about placement of features on the head for us to listen to and look at.
One of my highlights for this lesson was when I was reading about how the head is shaped like an oval. Monkey ran to his paper yelling, “Oovals!! I know how to draw oovals!!” (I’m going to have to eventually correct this pronunciation, but not today!
To use watercolor crayons, all you really need is watercolor paper, watercolor crayons, a paintbrush and water. If you’ve never used watercolor crayons, you should definitely try them. You color with them like with crayons, and then brush the water over to make it into a painting. I love it for first painting work with children because they have much more control over the outcome of their painting than they do when using traditional watercolors.
So, we begin to draw and color in the painting. Rose decides to use watercolor pencils instead of crayons. She has both in her artbox because she prefers the sharp points on the pencils.
Firecracker, as always, is the first one finished. He draws very quickly in a cartoonish style. His painting is of “Connor the Strongman.”
Monkey is the second one to finish. He is having so much fun with his paintings that he decides to make two more paintings!
Owlet works hard at a drawing, and I’m very proud of how good it looks. Then, she decides to heavily coat her painting with a layer of mud-looking brown watercolor crayons.
This leaves Rose and me working on paintings. A lot of times this is when Rose gets discouraged because everyone else is long done, so I’ve started painting with her to encourage her and keep her company. Finally, Rose turns out a self-portrait. It’s done from a picture, but she’s put herself in a wig and Halloween costume.
As I’m sitting and watching Rose work, I feel moved to do my own painting of Rose. So, here it is.
Neither one of us captures the look of Rose or her essence, but we’ve spent a fun and relationship-building time drawing and painting. So, what about you guys? Have you portrait painted with your children? Do you paint too or just leave it to the kids?