Folder with clipped images, samples of colours, textures, graphics, museum souvenirs, etc.

Themes in Creative Art Education: Getting Started with Daily Drawing

A SPECIAL DAY AT THE OKANAGAN CAMPUS OF UBC TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 27th

What is happening instead of meeting at our regular class time?

This Tuesday is an important day on campus at UBC Okanagan! Link here for UPDATES  regarding the royal visit and the public art dedication. 

We understand that many of you are planning to participate in the special event, while others have concerns about challenges with traffic or parking.

Since we cannot promise a normal meeting in the classroom this Tuesday, lesson materials were sent to students through UBC Connect. This post provides a summary and reminder for work to be covered between September 20th and October 4th.

INDEPENDENT WORK FOR THE ART METHODS COURSE THIS WEEK

 Complete the four parts listed here: A, B, C, and D

A. READINGS and NOTES

The following sketch note reading responses will keep you up-to-date:

For September 27th read Chapters 6 and 7 on cross-curricular connections and themes

For October 4th read Chapters 4 and 5 on creative art education and lesson planning

B. ENVELOPE or FOLDER

The header image on this page shows an example of a folder with some of my collected images,  travel souvenirs, etc., for collage and sketchbook inspirations. 

Get an envelope or folder and start collecting photos, magazine clippings, printed or written quotes and/or other “fodder” for sketch journals. Bring this to class on October 4th

C. YOUR OWN SKETCH JOURNALS

  1. At least ONE inspired by a theme idea in the journal prompts provided.
  2. At least ONE that is an observational drawing

You can choose anything from the choices sent on Connect, OR keep it simple and just do one page about you ( See “I AM” or Five-Word Memoir examples below), and then do at least one simple continuous line drawing from observation (from life, or still-life).

Prompt Examples for Your Own Sketch Journal Pages

“I AM” or “Six-Word Memoirs”
Personal Identity Theme Pages

“I AM” theme example by Eric Scott linked from Journal Fodder Junkies archive.
“Six-Word Memoir” example by a 4th grade student, from Things Don’t Have to be Complicated, by Larry Smith.

D. PLANNING PAGE CHOOSING THEMES AND PROMPTS FOR CHILDREN’S DAILY DRAWINGS

Pretend that you are looking forward to the week ahead in your classroom and you want to start each day with motivation for a fifteen or twenty minute free-drawing activity. These are not major lessons, but they could set the tone for your day or tie in with other things you could be teaching later.

The idea is to come up with motivators for a week of drawing that balances opportunities to highlight all five of the following:

PERCEPTION (the senses) INTELLECT (problem solving, inventing, or increasing understanding of the child’s world) EMOTIONS (feelings) MEMORY (recalling past events, looking then remembering, etc.) and IMAGINATION (fantasy).

A template page was provided for this in Connect. Students can simply fill in the back page of the template, or they could do the planning in sketchbooks. 

Please note that the idea is to set the stage and inspire children to make creative and spontaneous personal drawings. The intention is NOT to teach step-by-step drawing tricks. Our focus is on empathy, observation, and expression rather than accuracy of surface representation. 

Examples for Children’s Daily Drawings

One inspired by observation (empathizing with the withering sunflower), and one inspired by memory to retell the details about a special event.*

“Old Sunflower” observational line drawing example by an intermediate student, from UBC Vancouver’s Bob Steele, and the Drawing Network. The image was also published in  A Picture Book of Children’s Drawings: The Stories Children Tell Us With A Drawing Tool.


“Dragon Parade” by Hogan (age 7), also from A Picture Book of Children’s Drawings: The Stories Children Tell Us With A Drawing Tool, by Bob Steele, Drawing Network Publications, 2013.

*Note to teachers – Could events surrounding the royal visit inspire a memory drawing?  .  . . just a thought, not a requirement this week but it could be fun as a bonus for one of your personal choice drawings ; )

For more information, notes are posted on UBC Connect.

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