Thursday, September 19, 2013

Cool Easy Drawings

At the beginning of the year, many of my students are worried that their artwork doesn't look realistic and they take it personally when their drawings don't look exactly like the real thing.  I've seen this have a huge effect on kids.  Sometimes they get so frustrated that they stop creating and label themselves as "unartistic"  or "not creative".  Recent research supports the power of art to help kids remember and learn new things.  All of the common core math, involves making drawings.  Drawing is important.  It is visual thinking.  It sets the mind free and unlocks creativity.  Kids should be encouraged to create.

Cool Easy Drawings
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One of the ways students can be encouraged is when their drawings look good.  It is amazing to see how kids treat other kids who can draw.  It is a great way for kids to make friends.  It is a sort of gateway that can help kids gain success in other areas.  Research on learning supports this.

All of this is why I like to start the year with drawings that are quick, easy and build confidence.  This post is all about a series of tutorials I am creating call Cool Easy Drawings.  I am going to try to keep the drawing time for these drawings down to at least 1 minute.  These are super easy drawings guaranteed to build confidence in beginning artist.  Please link to my website if you find this helpful at all.  I am a regular classroom teacher who uses the power of art and doodles to teach.