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Looking for easy art drawing ideas to get your students excited about drawing? Directed draw for kids is a fun way to get students excited about art and help them develop their drawing skills. Picking easy art to draw builds confidence in young artists.
Fun & Simple Sub Plans
Kid directed drawing makes great elementary art sub plans. The art sub plans pdf can simply be printed out and ready to go. Students are able to follow visual instructions independently.
Learn through Observation and Drawing
We learn through careful observation. By drawing students can benefit from spending careful time observing each step. Finished drawings can be used to make a booklet, a poster, a diorama, or an art piece.
Building Drawing Confidence
Directed drawings are a great way to build art confidence in young students and to establish a daily drawing routine.
This product contains 100 Easy Directed Drawings to print & enjoy with your students!
- Clear step by step draw instructions to complete each drawing.
- The starting step is provided on a separate page. These can be printed out and given to the students before beginning each directed drawing. Having the starting step helps students feel successful.
- Written instructions can be printed out too! Students can read the instructions to add guidance. Instructions can be read by the teacher when demonstrating each step as a whole class activity.
- Seasonal themes to follow throughout the year. Students can follow seasonal themes as well as learn to draw animals, plants, and cute cartoons.
- A colored version of each picture is provided at the end of the drawing steps. Having a hand colored image simplifies how to blend colors to make the image more realistic. It is sometimes challenging to see multiple colors in a photograph but easier in a drawing.
- Print the initial step, so help students start out with the right perspective. It also helps them have success in making their drawing large enough.
- Use positive self-talk when modeling drawing steps to students. That way they can see that making mistakes and trying again is a part of learning a new skill.
- Prep all the drawing pages in one go. This will reduce your prep time.
- Reuse directions. If you are planning on using this product again next year, save the drawing steps and have students hand them in right after they are finished with them.
- Look at photos. Looking at photos of the object is a great way to talk about the colors in the object and how to blend them together. Look at where the image is lighter and darker.
- Looking for more guidance? Learn more about how to use directed drawings, and other art tips, on my blog!
More Drawing Fun:
The directed drawings are also available with word banks that go along with them if you would like to use them as writing prompts for a literacy center, or your writing block.
“My students are all very creative, but some needed a little more guidance. These were so useful, and they looked forward to doing them at each holiday! Thanks :)” -Amanda H.
“I am teaching virtually this year and I use these every week in our Google Meet meetings. My students love them and I create a Google Form for them to vote on which one they want to do the next week. I will continue using them when I go back into brick and mortar in the fall. I plan on creating a binder where they can access these when they are finished with their work or during free time. Love these.” -Jill W.
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