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.

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

Drawing Lesson Excerpt:
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.”

How to Draw Space Shuttles in 7 Steps
“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.”

How to Draw World War II Planes in 7 Steps
“Draw dogfights in the skies with our World War II plane. The step-by-step instructions below make it easy.”

How to Draw Passenger Planes in 5 Steps
“Travel the world in your imagination with this drawing project. Easy step-by-step instructions show you how to draw passenger planes.”

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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Any drawing project is more fun if the thing you are drawing is cool! You can print this Retro Robot “Learn to Draw” project 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.

 
Retro Robot | Free Coloring Page

Drawing Lesson Excerpt:

Instructions
This retro-style robot is fun to draw, and is constructed from some very basic geometric shapes. The head, body and feet are rectangles, the claws are circles. The rest is just a bunch of curvy lines.

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

Get Retro Robot “Learn to Draw” lesson.

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Any drawing project is more fun if the thing you are drawing is cool! You can print this Penguin “Learn to Draw” project 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.

penguin-coloring-page

Drawing Lesson Excerpt:

Instructions
This penguin is fun to draw, and is constructed from some very basic geometric shapes. The head is a square, the flippers and body are ovals, and the beak and feet are triangles.

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

Get Penguin “Learn to Draw” Lesson on MakingArtFun.com

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Learn about the life and art of celebrated French modern artist Henri Matisse. Start with the biography, and then click and print these fun curriculum resources.

Biography
Henri Matisse was born on December 31, 1869 in Le Cateau-Cambresis in Northern France. His parents, Emile Matisse and Heloise Gerars, owned a general store where they sold household goods and seed. Henri was their first son. As a young man, Henri traveled to Paris to study law. In 1889 he returned home to work in a law office as a clerk. It was around this time that he had an attack of appendicitis, which required surgery. To make the long recovery more enjoyable his mother gave him a paint box. It was then, at the age of 21, that Matisse discovered painting and decided to become an artist.

Henri Matisse Biography continued on MakingArtFun.com

Word Search Worksheets
Get a free printable Henri Matisse word search worksheet on ClassHelper.com. The puzzle includes 21 words, and best for the 5th-12th grade student. If you would like to make a simpler one, with less terms to explain, head over to MakingArtFun.com.

Henri Matisse Word Search on ClassHelper.com
Henri Matisse Word Search on MakingArtFun.com

Color a Masterpiece
Print and color a free coloring page of Matisse’s Woman with a Hat (1905).

Woman with a Hat from MakingArtFun.com

Woman with a Hat (Matisse) | Free Coloring Page


Draw a Matisse
Add a drawing project to your lesson. Visit AllPosters.com for a poster of ‘La Pompadour”. This simple line drawing is easy to reproduce, and a great way to get connected to the artist. If you would like to, you can even turn the lesson into more of a drawing lesson. Don’t worry… it’s easy. Just click, read the directions and draw.

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Desktop Wallpaper
Download a desktop wallpaper for Henri Matisse’s Woman with a Hat from MakingArtFun.com.  It’s yet another chance to acquaint your children with a great work of art.

Woman with a Hat Desktop Wallpaper from MakingArtFun.com

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