19 kindergarteners were so proud today when they made these Native American Indian Portraits, based on a drawing in Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Faces.
Ed Emberley’s books are a wonderful way to approach drawing with young children. He breaks down all of the things that kids like to make – faces, animals, fire trucks – into basic lines and shapes, making drawing fun and giving kids lots of confidence.
I showed the kids these shapes and lines and asked them what they saw. Thought I was being cute when I wondered out loud if anyone could see a Native American face. When several of them said, “Yes!” it kind of messed up my big reveal :) – this guy I’d made on a Word document just using the shapes toolbar:
Anyway, the kids started with an 11×15 piece of watercolor paper, a black Sharpie and a rectangle cardboard template for the face, just to give them a starting point for size. They followed a directed drawing lesson (step-by-step instructions with me drawing at the same time), and then colored in the hair with their Sharpies. Next step, they had fun with washable colored markers. (Any washable marker will do, but my own children insist that Crayola Pip-Squeaks work best).
Then, with a brush and water, they turned their drawings into beautiful watercolor art. Each child had a brush and folded paper towel. Their work was dry enough at the end of our 45 minutes to mount on black paper (12×18 trimmed for a frame).
An explanation of the lesson was attached to the back of the frame and the kids added their names in silver metallic Sharpies.
A great art-themed companion book to this lesson would be When a Line Bends…A Shape Begins.
I am so pleased with these results, as were the young artists. Thank you, Ed Emberley!