Easy Drawing Ideas for The Win!
This is the time of the year when fun, easy and quick are keywords for keeping your sanity and engaging your students! The drawing tutorials in Winter Drawing Fun include these 3 Christmas themed ideas. Like all of my drawing pages, students will get lots of choices. This makes drawing fun and gives your students more control over the outcome.
Mixed Media Art Ideas
Idea #1 – Elf Drawing
For the elf drawing, I drew in pencil, then outlined with a Sharpie marker. In the 3rd step (show above) I added a marker outline with Crayola colored markers. I also colored in a few areas, including the face with a colored marker.
To complete this cute winter drawing (shown on top), I added colored pencil. Outlining with a colored marker first helps make the colored pencil look neater and gives it a little pop of contrast.
Drawing Idea #2 – Gingerbread Man
For the gingerbread man, I went over my pencil lines with a Sharpie marker,
Next, color in the icing with crayons. Be sure to push firmly with the crayons and go back and forth over each area several times. I then used watercolors to gently paint over the gingerbread man and frame. Be sure that students are getting the watercolors nice and wet and not pushing too hard with their brushes.
Idea #3 – The Nutcracker
Drawing the Nutcracker is a little tricky, so this would be best for grades 3-5. The quick start template will really help keep students on track if you are trying to accomplish this in one class. I used a Sharpie marker for the black outline.
Next, use colored Crayola markers to outline each area (same as the elf). For the final step, I painted inside each area with watercolors. A smaller brush will probably come in handy for this step.
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The Benefits of Drawing
Use this infographic to display in your room or share with parents, administrators, or other teachers as a way to point out some of the academic benefits of learning to draw. While they are not the only reason for using drawing as part of a balanced curriculum, they are certainly worthy of celebrating and may help you advocate for including drawing as part of your art or classroom learning experiences.
You can read more about The Benefits of Drawing in this blog post.
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