Today your children and their teachers had their first drawing lesson. We’re using a book that I purchased when I was taking an art class for elementary education teachers in college. Drawing with Children is written by Mona Brookes who founded the Monart Drawing Schools. The premise is that anyone can learn to draw and that young children should be given the opportunity to learn.
Today the children were shown a picture of a house and encouraged to look at all the details and talk about what they saw.This was also a good time to reinforce and build their Chinese vocabulary.After looking at the house the children realized that one wall was really a chain link gate.At that point we went outside to look at and touch the chain link gate in the back yard.When we came back in we talked about who lives in the house.Next the children traced the lines of the house with their fingers and then began drawing what they saw.When they were finished drawing the teachers recorded the children’s comments about their pictures.The pictures were put in the children’s files so that we can watch their growth throughout the year.
You can find examples of children’s drawing at http://www.monart.com.
Those are wonderful pieces of art. I look forward to seeing more