Doodling for Kids

January 21, 2014

Doodling is a great way to find that creative person inside each of us… and it’s sort of fun.

Here’s a doodle that I drew awhile back. It started with one big bold, curvy line. Then I asked myself, “What is this?” I thought it looked like a pizza man. With a little more doodling I had one.

pizza-chef

Challenge your kids. Draw a few shapes on a piece of paper, and ask them to make something out of them. There are no wrong answers here, just creative ideas.

Here’s an awesome app app for your kids to explore the world of art with real Disney artists!

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“Turn your iPad into an artist’s studio with Disney Creativity Studio. Let real Disney artists teach you how to draw your favorite Disney characters. An easy to use and intuitive instructional guide will help you perfect your skills to create amazing artwork that you’ll love to show off to your friends and family. Engaging activities like Tracing, Connect the Dots, Coloring and more provide hours of fun.”

Download Disney Creativity Studio

 

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Here’s a great collection links to one-point perspective drawing lessons for beginners from around the web. Each link is followed a brief abstract of what you will find on that page. Each page is full of pictures and easy-to-understand instructions to help you get things looking great the very first time you give perspective drawing a try.

Perspective Drawing for Beginners | One-Point Perspective from MakingArtFun.com
In our first lesson on perspective drawing, Perspective Drawing for Beginners | Bigger and Smaller, we learned a simple lesson that makes perspective drawing easy:

If it’s close, it’s bigger. If it’s far away, it’s smaller.

In this lesson we will learn about one-point perspective. The second basic idea that you will need to know about perspective drawing is:

If things are far away enough, they seem to disappear.

The point at which they disappear is called a vanishing point.

Draw One-Point Perspective on About.com
In perspective drawing, every set of parallel lines has its own vanishing point. Don’t panic. We can keep it simple. To draw one-point perspective, we arrange our subject so that one set of lines has a vanishing point right in front of us, and the set at right-angles goes out to infinity on each side – parallel, either straight up or straight across.

One Point Perspective Drawing Tutorial on DrawingCoach.com
Draw the horizon line. What in the heck is a horizon line? Think of it as the place off in the distance where the sky meets together with the earth; that old familiar line where blue meets brown and green. Just draw a horizontal line across the page. Easy enough.

 

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The Academy of Art University offers a wonderful online video tutorial on the basics of drawing a person’s head from a front view. They take you through understanding the proportions of the head, pencil, paper and eraser types (so your trip to the art store is not so confusing), facial features and expressions.

How to Draw a Face | Video Tutorial from Academy of Art University

 

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Check out this drawing lesson on negative space. It’s an easy to understand introduction to the concept and a big help to in developing strong drawing skills.

Does Negative Space Have a Shape? | Learn to Draw

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Let’s take a look at our optical illusion vase again. This time we will be look at what is not there – the “negative space.”

Shapes and spaces are two basic parts of a finished work of art. The two kinds of spaces can be further divided into positive space and negative space. A positive space is a space that is occupied by the thing you are drawing. A negative space is the space around the thing you are drawing.

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 If you think airplanes are cool, you will love learning to draw them. HowStuffWorks.com provides well-planned step-by-step instructions to get you drawing successfully.

Drawing Basics
Drawing a biplane or jet is easy once you understand a a simple concept. Drawing any object begins by breaking the object down into its basic geometric shapes. Begin by lightly sketching those shapes that will help you draw the body, wings, etc. Next, begin to shape these parts of your airplane to make them a little more airplane-like. The rest is just adding the details.

How to Draw Biplanes in 7 Steps
“This easy-to-draw biplane has realistic details that make your drawing authentic. When you’ve perfected this technique, you can fill the skies with your own air show.”

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“Your space shuttle can travel to the stars and visit distant worlds. Use these step-by-step instructions to create your own space-exploration scenes.”

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How to Draw Jets in 6 Steps
You’ll be a real quick draw when you master this drawing project. Follow the easy step-by-step instruction below to draw jets, the fastest of all aircraft.

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Any drawing project is more fun if the thing you are drawing is cool! You can print this Spring Fairy Drawing Lesson from the MakingArtFun.com website and then grab a pencil. The instructions are easy to follow, and the end result is a picture kids will love.

Spring Fairy | Free Coloring Page

Drawing Lesson Excerpt:

Instructions
This fairy is a cutie, and is constructed from some very basic geometric shapes. The head is a circle, the wings and dress are triangles, and the legs and arms are not much more than curved lines.

Step 1
Start by sketching these basic shapes. Remember to make your lines light, because you will erase them later.

Get  Spring Fairy Drawing Lesson on MakingArtFun.com

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