There are lots of approaches and techniques to teach drawing which boost confidence and creativity. Often, though, I find I am racking my brain in come up with the best approach to any given student or situation. So I decided to pull together the drawing ideas that I use most frequently… And here it is (ta-da!) my new drawing ideas poster:
With thirteen drawing ideas explained, there should be an appropriate one for every situation. To get a copy of the poster, you can click through to felt-tip-pen resources shop. It is also available through my TES and TpT shops.
More drawing ideas
Drawing is something I find myself thinking about a lot.
As you can see (links below) I have blog posts and resources focused on drawing which you can explore here:
- Getting to grips with teaching drawing – thoughts on how we learn to prioritise representational drawing at a young age
- Drawing from plants – a bundle of three resources on this subject including artist research
- Six week unit of work on developing drawing skills from observation
- What is drawing? – presentation on how artists have used drawing in different ways
- Artist quotes on drawing – presentation featuring the thoughts of 11 artists and designers
Books on drawing
I also have some great books on the subject which you might find useful and interesting. There is nothing like browsing through some inspiring art books with a cup of tea…
Drawing Techniques by Peter Jenny
This little book runs you through a series of 21 drawing techniques and takes a light and fun approach to getting people comfortable with sketching. There are lots of illustrations of the techniques described which is helpful.
Vitamin D2 by Phaidon Editors
A big, coffee table book, Vitamin D2 is the follow up to Vitamin D. These survey contemporary drawing practice and are an excellent source of inspiration particularly for A level students.
Drawn to Stitch by Gwen Hedley
A visually inspiring book looking at the use of line and drawing in textile art. Fantastic creative ideas for students interesting in sewing and embroidering in innovative ways.
Contemporary Drawing by Margaret Davidson
A great combination of instruction and advice alongside examples from practicing artists. Thorough and extensive in the types of drawing practices covered, this book has loads to revisit and try out.
Web roundup of five drawing posts for teachers
- 100 sketchbook prompts from the art of education
- Tips from illustrator and artist Mark Weighton in the Guardian
- Balancing observational and experimental drawing by Access Art
- Drawing to learn: Learning to draw paper with extensive references by Eileen Adams on NSEAD
- Drawing in schools at The Big Draw – campaigning for creativity
It must be time to pick up a pencil and start drawing…!