How I teach Directed Line Drawings

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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  • Dee

    Thank you . Very helpful

  • Kara Sabatella

    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 !

    • Patty

      Totally agree!

  • Michelle

    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…

    • Patty

      Hi Michelle,
      Our Teaching Art 101 videos are hosted on our private Amazon server, not Facebook, so you should be fine.


  • Jill Suzanne Hatcher

    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.

  • Jill Suzanne Hatcher

    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.

    • Patty

      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.

  • Mary Ann

    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!

  • Tammy Papp

    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


    • Patty

      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. 🙂

  • Kerry Kirby

    I am an elementary school teacher who will start teaching art this fall. Any help I can get is greatly appreciated.

    • Patty

      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.

  • mtully

    What’s the best way to favorite this to be able to access it again quickly?

  • Larissa Goldstein

    I have found this resource to be extremely useful for formal lesson planning purposes. Thank you Deep Space Sparkle for all of your tips.

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