You know that you you want to include art in your homeschool curriculum. You want to teach to the whole person and encourage growth in all areas. You want your child to explore their creativity. It's admirable and right that you should give them this advantage in life! But where to start? If you must teach art, what supplies do you need?
The bare minimum, the most essential, the one thing you cannot do without...
The Sketch Pad!
Why do I say a sketch pad, shouldn't that be paper? Paper is not enough... you need something transportable, something that cries out to be filled. A good sketch pad is an inducement to art, what's more it's an inducement to observational art.
Observational art is the basis for learning the most essential skills of an artist. To be an artist you must observe and record. See the world accurately and record it with depth and beauty. Yes there is more than that. There is imagination and original creation, but it all begins with observation. Give your teen a sketch pad and they will begin to observe the world with an artist's eye!
So what sketch pad should you get?
My personal favorite is a Strathmore 400 series drawing pad size 9x12" I choose that pad in particular because it has a heavier paper that will stand up to more erasing, can handle multiple mediums and is good for both sketching and finished work. It is spiral bound so that it will sit open and micro-perforated so that pages can be easily removed. I choose 9x12" because it is small enough to be portable, but big enough for detailed drawings.
Things to look for in a sketch pad:
- Heavier paper (60lb and up)
- Acid free
- Spiral bound or lay flat binding.
- Heavy back or hardcover for a built in drawing surface.
How to use your sketch pad!
Observational drawing is the key. Look for interesting things to draw. Use drawing exercises and do careful finished studies of objects, people and places. Draw the same things many times from multiple angles. Also do some intensive studies that take 3-5 hrs to complete.
Traditional drawing exercises that will propel learning include:
- Gesture drawings
- Blind contour drawings
- Negative space drawings
- Continuous line drawings
- Study of a master artwork
- Value studies
- Cross contour line drawings
- Breaking objects into basic shapes
My gift to you:
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but rather a source of inspiration when unsure what to draw. I have listed broad categories, a few specifics that I enjoy drawing, and left open spaces.
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“The minimum a homeschooler needs to get started painting with acrylics.”
This free ebook includes:
A shopping list for which paints to buy.
An intro to my teaching methods.
Three progressive lessons.
Three related progressive art challenges.
Directions for use with a CO-OP.