You either love ’em art hate ’em. Directed drawings can be the antithesis of your art philosophy or your biggest joy. I happen to fall a bit in between. I used directed line drawings (or guided drawings) with my younger set to get them accustomed to art room procedures, pacing and listening skills.
And while achieving these things is great for the teacher, directed drawings also provide an enormous benefits to children.
This video, podcast (below) and PDF download will help you identify when directed drawings are beneficial and when they need to be replaced with observational drawings.
Listen to Art Made Easy 025: All About Guided Drawings
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Thank you . Very helpful
This was a wonderful tutorial Patty ! It validated many of my thoughts and techniques about directed drawing and also gave me a few new great pointers. My vote has always been a big yes for directed drawings and I even put part of a line or a mark on each paper to get the little ones started or they draw sooooo tiny. A small mark or line drawing prompt makes a HUGE difference for their drawings to come with correct proportion . thank you !
Thank you so much.
I was wondering if there’s any other ways to watch the videos? I’m in China where Facebook access is totally blocked. I found all the information on your website really useful and I wanted to purchase the e-course but was just afraid that I wouldn’t be able to watch these videos…
Our Teaching Art 101 videos are hosted on our private Amazon server, not Facebook, so you should be fine.
This is a great video and great teaching guidelines, especially for our younger students. I hope that I can find the PDF from your owl lesson.
This is a great video with great teaching guidelines, especially for our younger students. I hope that I can find the PDF from your owl lesson.
Here is a collection of owl projects inside the Deep Space Sparkle blog: https://www.deepspacesparkle.com/?s=owl
There are also more art bundles in The Sparklers Club that features owls.
Thank you so much! This is my first year teaching Transition Kindergarten. I’m a classroom teacher, and am also teaching art to my class. I have zero art training, so it’s been a pretty steep learning curve for me. ? The first half of the year directed drawing did not go well, but this semester it’s going much better. I really appreciate your tips, too!
Is there an art rubric that is editable in a pdf file? I am a sparkler and I would like to make the rubric more kid friendly and specific to my art projects. Thanks
Hi Tammy. WE generally do do editable files but some are fillable. Make sure to login to the The Sparklers Club website as that is were you will find all the teaching resources. 🙂
I am an elementary school teacher who will start teaching art this fall. Any help I can get is greatly appreciated.
Hi Kerry…that’s what we do here at DSS: support art teachers! So you’re in the right place. We have some free workshops coming up very soon in early August preceding our Sparklers Club enrollment. You can get on the waitlist here: https://deepspacesparkle.lpages.co/the-sparklers-club-waitlist/ Then, we’ll send you invites to our free workshops. They’re helpful especially for new art teachers.
What’s the best way to favorite this to be able to access it again quickly?
I have found this resource to be extremely useful for formal lesson planning purposes. Thank you Deep Space Sparkle for all of your tips.