Summer drawing

The plan for doing school year round fell apart this month.  Yeah, we haven’t finished the math books, but the change of pace has been kind of nice.

Finch adding a second parrot

Since we’re away from home for the month, Nick is working looong hours, and we can’t be at the Skiles’ house all the time, I decided that to do drawing lessons!  I chose this book because it seemed sort of serious, it was only $12, and I didn’t want to think about it any more.  (How about that for someone who overthinks every decision in life?  Progress, eh?)

Marianne, contemplating about whether she should start over again?

But really, the lessons have been a highlight of our days here, and the kids are already more confident about drawing.

Wilson adding a cage around his parrot

But I have realized one odd thing about homeschooled kids.  They don’t know how to finish a project in a set amount of time.  I guess they’ve never had to live by the bell, and they keep going and going and going…

First project: Simple birds (Wilson-top left, Finch-top right, Marianne-bottom)

This book recommends doing a “simple warmup” before each lesson.  But when the warmup takes the kids an hour to complete, you just never get to the lesson.

Second project: Leo from a whimsical graphic (Wilson-top left, Finch-top right, Marianne-bottom)

I love the kids’ finished projects.  They’re learning to use the whole page and it makes for an attractive finished picture.

Partially finished third project: tropical birds (Wilson-top left, Finch-top right, Marianne-bottom)

Plus, we have something to show for ourselves when Nick comes home from his long hours at work.

4 thoughts on “Summer drawing

  • July 27, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Great pictures!! Love the artwork!!

  • July 27, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Wanting to see my artists!

  • July 28, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    nice work! What is the book?

  • July 28, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes.

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