As teachers with over 30 years of experience each, we have always believed
that a hands-on, creative, and balanced approach to instruction is the
most successful framework for developing skills in young children. As both
parents and educators we know that involving children in the arts and
providing children with ample opportunity to create while using a wide
variety of media; provides a strong, research based foundation for
We have enjoyed and practiced techniques we have learned from educational
leaders such as Mona Brookes and Betty Edwards. However, with a movement
in recent years to teach to standardized tests, many teachers have felt
pressured to stop providing the opportunity to explore the arts. We know
that research has shown time and time again, the importance of art in the
educational process. Children who are exposed to music and art instruction
do much better in reading, math, and science. They develop a greater
curiosity about, understanding of, and appreciation for the subject matter
being taught. We know that providing arts in education stimulates better
behavior, personal esteem, and socialization skills. So why do so many
educators discount its importance and so many children stop drawing by
second grade? The truth is that whole learning is a combination of current
research, sound philosophy, and good teaching practice!
For many years we have been teaching, presenting, and publishing materials
that integrate music, art, movement, and literature across the curriculum.
Even though we now have a wealth of quality materials and training
available to us, as teachers we are always learning and modifying our
educational practice and supplementing district adopted curriculum. The
activities in this book are not intended to replace core instruction, but
rather to enhance and extend the concepts taught within this practice.
These patterns may be used as independent practice and are applicable to
both school and home learning.
We sincerely hope you will find these activities and
patterns complimentary to your instructional program and that the children
you teach will find joy and success in reading, writing, and drawing!
We have created TEN different volumes that teach children how to
draw in a step-by-step manner that builds confidence and ability in young
Volume One - Seasonal Favorites
features twelve easy to draw seasonal favorites: snowman, love-bug,
shamrock, bunny, flower, butterfly, Uncle Sam, sun, schoolhouse,
jack-o-lantern, turkey, and elf.
Volume Two - Pets
features twelve easy to draw pets: kitten, cat, rabbit, bird, hamster,
fish, puppy, dog, snake, mouse, frog, and turtle.
Volume Three - Human Features
features basic to more advanced human figures: young boys, young girls,
woman, man, older woman, older man, infant, pirate, cowboy, clown,
princess, pilgrims, native Americans, and helpful tips including features,
hats, and positions.
Volume Four - Sea Creatures
This volume features twelve easy to draw sea creatures: crab, dolphin,
jelly fish, manatee, octopus, puffer fish,
seahorse, sea star, sea turtle, shark, tropical fish, and whale.
Volume Five - Zoo Animals
Twelve directed drawings in this "zoo animal" themed volume. (Hippo,
Tiger, Parrot, Elephant, Lion, Monkey, Giraffe, Zebra, Kangaroo, Panda,
Camel, Koala) These drawings have been specifically designed for beginning
Volume Six - Farm Animals
We have included twelve directed drawings in this "farm animal" themed
volume. (Cow, Pig, Horse, Rooster, Hen, Chick, Sheep, Goat, Dog, Turkey,
Volume Seven-Artic Animals
We have included twelve directed drawings in this "arctic animal" themed
volume. (Orca, Puffin, Polar Bear, Seal, Arctic Fox, Penguin, Snowy Owl,
Narwhal, Arctic Hare, Beluga, Walrus, Caribou)
Volume Eight- Dinosaurs
Features twelve easy to draw favorites: Brachiosaurus,
Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Parasaurolophus, Pteranodon,
Iguanodon, Spinosaurus, Ornithomimus, Ankylosaurus, Plesiosaurus, and
Volume 9- Birds
twelve easy to draw favorites: hummingbird, seagull, owl, peacock, parrot,
puffin, flamingo, robin, toucan, quail, penguin, and eagle.
Volume 10- Story Book Characters
Features twelve easy to draw favorites: Cat in the Hat,
Winnie-the-Pooh, Curious George, Clifford, Madeline, Cookie Monster,
Arthur, Wimpy Kid, Max ,Charlie Brown ,Corduroy ,Frog & Toad.
How to Use These Books
We have found that directed drawing is best taught using the following
read aloud a quality piece of literature to entice student interest and
enhance learning. We have provided literature suggestions to get you
2. Build vocabulary and understanding by incorporating poetry, phonemic
awareness, and word play in the process as well. Each drawing is
accompanied by a simple rhyme. These rhymes may lend themselves to a
piggy-back tune for singing and it is always fun to incorporate movement
3. Model and discuss the process for students by drawing each object in a
step-by-step manner with the children. After doing this several times as a
class and the process has been learned, the drawings may be done
independently simply by following the step-by-step pictorial directions
provided. We have used directed drawing cards successfully during center
4. Extend the learning process by incorporating different forms of media
in the completion of each art piece. Students may color, paint, and
embellish their drawings. We have listed several ideas for you to
consider besides coloring the drawing with crayons. You may choose to try
one of these alternatives to provide additional experiences.
5. It is important to provide opportunity for students to revisit the
drawing process independently in follow-up activities such as a writing
extension. We have provided three drawing frames to choose from and two of
these have space provided for writing extensions.
It is our sincere hope that your students will experience success in
learning to draw and illustrate their academic works. We have provided two
free directed drawings in order to get you started.
When introducing directed drawing to your students complete the drawing
together in a step-by-step manner. After you have done this several times
and the children have learned the process, then the drawings may be
completed by the children independently at a center. An example may be as
First, draw a circle in the top left corner of your paper just like I have
done on mine. Next add a wing. Begin your wing on the outer line of the
circle and draw up and around just like I am doing. Next add a wing behind
the one you just drew. Watch me as I make mine. Move your pencil to the
bottom of the circle and draw an arched line first going down and then up
for the body. Now go back to the circle and draw two dots for eyes and an
upside down smile for the top of the beak. Add a "v" shape to finish the
beak. Add two half circles on the end of the big arched line to finish the
tail. Embellish and color as desired ... you have just drawn a bird!
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