Thursday, 25 April 2013

Teaching how to draw!

After attending one of the workshops at the 2013 Kindergarten Conference, I was determined to come back into the classroom and try out one of the suggestions. I have to thank Tarmara Martin-Spady the Art Lady for introducing me to such a fun way to teach the art of drawing to young people.

Today I had so much fun with the kiddos in room 109. We read and retread the book: Big Sarah, Little Boots by Paulete Bourgois and Brenda Clark.

While we were reading we talked a lot about how Sarah was feeling. There were many clues in her facial expressions throughout the story to indicate that "she's sad", " she's mad", "she's angry", "she's upset".

After reading the story, the kiddos went to sit at tables and together, using a set by step instructions, we created the outline of a girl. I then let the kiddos use their imaginations to add in the details of facial expression and costume to their body. All the students were successful in drawing a girl with all her body parts. In the end, each final product was very unique with how the kiddos remembered Sarah during the various parts of the story.

Here is the outline we used for the step by step drawing (however, once all the kiddos were done their pictures I also did my own idea of what I saw) and all the kiddos drawing. They turned out so well! All the kiddos were able to feel successful with their drawings. How AWESOME!


  1. I think I might have to borrow this idea to do with my kids! I hope we have that book in our library.

    1. This was truly a great activity and I could ally see how the kiddos interpreted the story I had read. Several made sure to put on her yellow boots - without any coaxing.

      I purchased the books at the workshop, however if you check out Tamara's website I'm sure you can purchase them as well. Tamara Martin-Spady the Art Lady.

      Good luck!


  2. Thank you for using my books, Kim! It is so wonderful for me to see people using art as a way for little people to express their ideas and their understanding!

    ...and thanks for the shout out!

    Tamara Martin Spady the Art Lady