If you have been following my blog for any length of time you know I love doing direct drawings with children. While I wholly see the value of open ended art projects and suggest them on a regular basis, there is much to be learned and gained by following along with direct drawings!
Art for Kid’s Hub has THREE different scarecrow drawings! Check them out here, here and here. While they are not the only direct drawing available on-line, I used their links with my classes often and even my pre-K kiddos could follow along with the drawing steps, with limited support! I love that he encourages the students to try and reminds them it is ok for all the final products to look different… it’s about having fun.
hold you paper vertically (tall)
In the middle of the page draw a large smile line
On top draw a flat rainbow line touching the tops of the smile line
from the ends, connect back to the smile line with slight curves
now draw the top of the hat, I like to open this up to let the children be creative. I point out where the line should start (where the smile and rainbow lines connect)
draw two parallel lines at the bottom of the smile line, making the neck
from the bottom of that, draw lines parallel with the bottom of the page all the way to the end of the page
below that draw two shorter parallel lines to make the arms
from the end of those lines, draw perpendicular lines going to the bottom of the page
Now for the fun!
Add eyes, nose, mouth (ears if wanted)
Add straw coming out from under the hat
Add a flower, patch or other embellishment to the hat
Don’t forget clothes!
When you are done drawing, go over all the lines in marker or crayon and create the coloring book lines… then color!