I have two videos to share with you about drawing portraits! Both of these tie in with the portraits I drew of the young activists in NO VOICE TOO SMALL.
Watch my mini art class on visual storytelling in portraits, recommended for grades 3-8, This video is seven minutes long, and delves into a little bit of portraits in art history before introducing the #MeetTheArtist meme. I then walk you through how to create your own using my template or on a blank sheet of paper.
This second video is recommended for grades K-2, and is only three minutes long. Younger kids can watch me draw my own #MeetTheArtist cartoon self portrait, and then make their own!
Download the printable #MeetTheArtist drawing prompt page!
Some kids absolutely love the freedom of playing with line, shape, and color without trying to make their art look like something realistic. Others may have a hard time letting go of the concrete, or of ways of drawing familiar shapes like hearts or stars that they have been taught.
This free, downloadable class introduces kids to some famous abstract artists, and to some of the basic elements of design: line, shape, and color. It includes a game and a simple, name-based painting project that makes abstract art and color theory accessible to elementary age kids (or preschoolers with a bit of help from an adult)
CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF:
This is easily adaptable for the youngest of toddlers (think handprints!) through grade schoolers.
LOVE, MAMA inspired photo frame (v. 1)
1. Purchase unfinished wood heart frame from craft store. (About $1 each)