A handful of years ago I was privileged to do the design & layout work on a book, Be Your Finest ART. It was written by my friend and fellow artist, Joanne Fairchild Miller and one of my favorite painters, Dorsey McHugh.
Together their message is that you should rediscover the joy of childhood abandon,
reclaim your authenticity and
to relearn the importance of PLAY!
You know, I love to illustrate…but, I was also trained (so many years ago it was before there were PCs) in graphic design. And ‘design’ is where a lot of my experience and passion lies. So, when I was asked to work with them to turn their wonderful words and art into a book.
I was thrilled!
And the subject matter is very dear to my heart.
Encouraging people to find their ART and move in it.
If you get a chance: borrow it from the library or pick up a copy here, or check out the video here.
I’ve heard DRAWING described as making marks on a surface.
It doesn’t seem to be limited to pen on paper,
or paint brush on canvas,
nor is it limited to realism.
Or even to being ‘good-at-art’.
So, when you think about it, anyone can draw! If you can write your name: you can draw!
Now, with that said…there are skills to learn that make you better at drawing. There are steps that you can take to create beautiful works of art. Talent may be important, but it isn’t quite as important as a willingness to learn and practice.
EVERYONE has a creative part inside…sometimes we know what it is and sometimes we don’t. But, it’s there…it could be building things, or singing, or dancing, or baking…and on & on.
But, if you want it to be drawing, then we, at The Draw Page can help you. Or if you just want to have some fun drawing with your kids, this is the place to start.
DRAWING is a learned skill.
And who knows? This may bloom into finding your ART, your kid’s ART……or both.
WHY IS LEARNING ART SO IMPORTANT?
Besides having fun with your kids, or your kids just having some fun, or simply wanting a time alone to enjoy… learning about Art is important for many reasons.
Learning in the ARTS enables a child (& even their Grown-Up) to develop the creative, collaborative & critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in today’s ever-changing world.
We all need a place to express ourselves. Art stimulates both sides of the brain, develops hand and eye coordination and well…kids, who make art, have a tendency to read better and get better grades in both science & mathematics.
They get a chance to learn by using their senses. It teaches them to think openly, and that there is more than one solution for a problem…
…in other words to think creatively to solve problems.
In schools when art is integrated with the other subjects in the curriculum, kids commit more to the learning process. They can share and reflect on their work of art and learn something about the world they live in.
There are a lot of good reasons to share art with your kids and to find a creative outlet for ourselves.
A really good way to bring more art into your kid’s world is to just do it:
· Sing, play music & dance with them
· Read books with them
· build legos or glue popsicle sticks together with them
· and, my favorite: DRAW with them.
WHAT DOES THE DRAW PAGE HAVE TO OFFER YOU & YOUR CHILD?
At The Draw Page, we are currently working on and developing a series of videos, but right now we already have the DRAW PAGES themselves. (And I think you’ll agree, they’re very useful)
And what exactly is a DRAW PAGE?
Draw Pages are printable, mostly one-sheet, all-in-one art lessons. If you choose, you do not have to print them out, you can just open them on your PC, tablet, or phone…and work from there.
They each have a list of all of the equipment or supplies that you might need and step by step guides so you & your kids can make a simple drawing or a grand piece of art!
In other words, you can learn to draw some THING and then you can move on or use this as a starter adding more and making it into a work of art.
In each weekly entry is the supply list, tips and reminders and when you scroll down you’ll get all of the steps. But, we also have available printed books and eBooks and a lot of times the single PDF is linked to the email for a limited time, where you can just download it and print it out.
- So you can use DRAW PAGES on the go.
- Or you can use DRAW PAGES with a classroom full of kids.
- Or you can use DRAW PAGES to do on your own, on your kitchen table
(and we even have a section on how to make a portable art studio or even a permanent spot)
I am so excited that you decided to join us on this journey, and please let us know if there’s something that you want us to teach or write about. We want to be a useful and valuable site that you’ll want to come back to over & over again.
Let’s have some fun and learn some simple techniques together.
…we’ll chat more soon,
My grandkids always feel”accomplished” after trying one of your draw lessons! They are great for creating an awareness of line and shape when drawing.
It’s so important to take those baby-steps…and have a little ‘celebration’ or ‘feel-good moment’ when you actually finish one or two. Thanks for sharing.