If you are a fan of Bob Ross his video library was recently released due to the pandemic. Unfortunately, the videos are on YouTube so you’ll have to use a personal device (not school) to watch. Click here to check out the master at work!
There is a great series of videos that Disney put out teaching kids how to draw their characters. The unfortunate thing is that it on YouTube which is blocked on the devices that the kids have from the district. If you have your own devices at home I recommend the videos as they are actual Disney artists teaching how to draw the characters step by step. Click here to see the videos.
Dav Pilkey has some fun activities that you can take advantage of for free! Check it out here!
I just came across this, there are so many great drawing resources out there, but this artist/illustrator, named Rob Biddulph, is posting videos every Tuesday and Thursday in a guided drawing format. Have fun! Click here to check out the draw with Rob videos!
Hi amazing Franklin Families! I wanted to put out some ideas of art supplies you can purchase if you feel inclined to do so while we are doing or remote learning. This is 100% optional! Once we begin school again after break my lessons for your child will be based on simple materials that families should have – like paper and pencil! Your child will need pencil and paper (ideally) and preferably a black sharpie to outline with – trust me when I say this makes their artwork look a LOT better.
Most of these items listed below are the same brand we use at school (thank you Franklin Families for participating in Art to Remember so I can afford these items).
Watercolor Paints – I find this brand to be much higher quality than Crayola watercolors, but those work too! My only warning with this brand is that they do get sticky, so your kiddo may end up using FAR more paint than they need on their paper – watercolor should not be opaque (not see through) and if you notice that it is stick remind them to use more water – trust me when I say I’ve told them this more than once! 🙂 FYI – this comes with a paintbrush
Oil Pastels – bigger sets will have more color choices, but they can mix to create their own colors as well!
Sketchpad – I only recommend this if your child is going to paint on the paper, otherwise copy (printer) paper works just fine and is a better value
Tempera Cakes – these allow your artist to have a more opaque paint than watercolors and they are less expensive than watercolors.
Permanent Markers – these are awesome and the kids LOVE them – you can also use Sharpies although those are usually more expensive – Costco has them in their warehouse for a pretty good price
Paintbrush Set – I think they have paintbrushes at the grocery store – just be aware that cheap brushes tend to fall apart and the bristles fall out after a period of time.
Crayons – Most kids don’t prefer crayons in my classroom, but they are really a great cheap art supply! I love the twist kind because the ends get dull on the kind that are wrapped with paper.
Colored Pencils – Prismacolor makes the best colored pencil and this is their “school” brand – i.e. a little more affordable. You can use Crayola or similar brands as well, but the lead is not nearly as soft which means colors aren’t as vibrant.
If your child is getting bored with staying home during our closure this is a great idea to keep them up on their art skills! Mo Willems is doing daily lunch doodles! Check out Mo Willems Lunch Doodles.
Our artists put on a great show this year at the Curtis Center! I’m very proud of each of them for their hard work in art.
Congratulations to our Franklin artists whose work will be on display at Arapahoe Community College.
The kindergartners made these cute snowmen using dobbers to draw the black lines. These are fun to use, and one thing I like is they don’t allow students to erase, which means they have to try to find a way to fix or be happy with their mistakes. It helps teach the students that art is not about perfection, and making mistakes is ok!