Drawing is the backbone of art-making. Really. And I know there are plenty of people in art-related fields who don’t draw. But let’s see how many ways I can beat this point to death:
- Practicing drawing helps train the eye to see what is really there and not what you presume to be there.
- Drawing helps train the hand to be comfortable with using, um, drawing utensils.
- Drawing is easy to start and stop- it can be done anywhere, at any time. You don’t need a big space or fancy setup to draw; you just need to be willing to do it.
- Making quick drawings is an excellent way to warm up your brain and hands for any type of art-making. Or anything, really. Make a few doodles before a test, before bedtime, during Spongebob…. tap into the subconscious creative brain pockets. (I’m not a doctor, but I’m sure that’s the medical term.)
Since I’m tired of coming up with benefits of drawing, and since you probably are already a fan of drawing, or you wouldn’t have clicked through to read this post, I will now delight you with 20 tantalizing drawing ideas for children to try. This summer is the perfect time to embark upon a drawing journey with your kids, is it not?
1. Grab some interestingly-shaped props and head outside for shadow drawing. Tinkerlab shows you how in this post.
2. We fell in love with zentangle drawing recently and you can see how easy and fun it is to end up with stunning results.
3. Mirror symmetry drawing is an excellent drawing exercise to get kids really focusing on what they are drawing. Remember to take photos of their faces while they are deep in concentration.
4. Oh, goodness. I discovered a fantastic art blog called Mrs. Crosbie, and this feather drawing project is genius. So simple, yet the feathers are really detailed when you start looking closely.
5. Open up and say aaaaaaaaah! See? Another fantastic project from Mrs. Crosbie, this one is dentist-themed and very clever.
6. I’m so glad to have found this drawing idea for an ongoing blanket-drawing project at the beginning of summer. Let’s get to it!
7. I am IN LOVE with this. Curved line drawings using hatching from Art Education Blog.
8. Hey look! More shadow tracing. Remember this old classic from Artchoo?
9. This is a fun idea to get kids interested in drawing the human form, from Artful Parent.
10. Kids Activities Blog wrote about this cool drawing game that 2 to however many people can play.
11. Kids are always amazed when they see facial proportions and positioning broken down for them. They can look at this diagram and practice for all the self-portraits they’ll be drawing!
12. Picklebums! Always a great source of ideas for kids’ projects, she came up with some free printables to take on road trips to keep your kids busy.
13. One-line drawings are always fun and usually end in giggles. They’re also effective, quick drawing exercises to get the hands and eyes warmed up for a longer project.
14. Cool! Kids can make designs with the letters of their names with this project from Deep Space Sparkle.
15. Art with Mrs. Smith gives you step-by-step directions for simple bike-drawing based on a project she spied on Made by Joel. Don’t you love being able to see what everyone else is making?
16. Just a basic tree-sketching project, but it’s much more fun when a drawing project is paired with a book, as in this project from Buggy and Buddy.
17. Drawing lips!
18. No real directions here, but this erase your face project is such a great idea, and the examples provided are wonderful.
19. Shoe drawings get turned into wonderlands for stick people in this contour drawing project from Art is Basic.
20. Sometimes a little visual guide helps when learning to draw light and shadow. I love this water droplet idea to explore pastels.
Inspired by these drawing ideas? Check out my Drawing Games for Kids post, too. You’ll love it!
If you like these, you’ll LOVE my book – it’s crammed full of drawing ideas and tangle art for kids (that you’ll find yourself joining in on) Click the image to on Amazon.