Thursday, January 28, 2010

Learning About Illustrations

Thanks to a recommendation by Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns, we've buried ourselves in books by Loreen Leedy this week. Her books our wonderful, because they cover wide variety of educational topics, for different age ranges of children.
We settled on Look at My Book, How Kids Can Write & Illustrate Terrific Books, for our stART project today (stART is a weekly, story + ART link up, hosted by A Mommy's Adventures).

Look at My Book, which walks children through writing, and illustrating their own stories, was too advanced for my youngest two, ages three and five, but they were content enough, to sit through an abbreviated reading. The older girls read it themselves, yesterday.

For stART, we focused in on the illustrating portion of the book, which describes how different styles of drawing, and different art supplies, can change an illustration. This was something we had observed while reading through different adaptations of Hans Christian Andersen's stories. The illustrations can make, or break even the best of stories.

I printed out four copies of a coloring sheet, for each of the girls. They colored in one picture with crayons, one with colored pencils, one with markers, and painted the last with wacky watercolors.

I wanted them to fill one in with torn paper, for a collage effect, but the girls weren't interested in that at all, and seemed to get the idea of the project, anyway. Of course, once the paints were out, all bets were off, and they abandoned the project for free form painting, instead.

For more story stretching arts and crafts projects, check out this week's stART link up at A Mommy's Adventures.

It's great to be a homeschooler.


Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

I am glad that you are enjoying Loren Leedy books and thanks for the linking to me. I was glad to find one that was working for my 3 year old, so if you find something else that your two youngest liked, please let me know :)

Valerie @ Inner Child Fun said...

What a great way to experiment with different art mediums... I love it!

Elise said...

I really like how books can inspire children to use different mediums to create.

What a fun activity for your girls to do.

Ticia said...

I'll have to check that out sometime. A book your olders might appreciate is from the creator of Bunnicula, and now I can't remember the name of it. But, it's set in the same series and Howie the puppy is writing a story, it's really funny, and they'd probably love it.

Mama to 5 said...

Very nice job! I love using different mediums too - my toddler's stART was done in all types of different mediums. :)

Unknown said...

I HAVE to remember this idea- ya know, you always are coming up with such interesting activities for your- of all ages.

I really appreciate the post you link to- I am DEFINITELY adding your site to my blog and "following" you!

You are one awesome Mamma!

Michelle said...

What an awesome idea! I love how they could see how different each medium looks. Thank you for linking up to stART!

silly eagle books said...

I'm intrigued by the wacky water colors!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

If you click the link on them, it'll take you to the Magical Childhood blog, for instructions.

We were painting with them wet, but now they've dried, and are like normal water color paints.