When we set our summer goals a few weeks ago, three of my children said that they wanted to learn how to draw this summer- people, animals, nature, etc. A great goal indeed, but helping my kids to accomplish this task is definitely not in my personal skill set! Now I could have signed them up for classes at our local art center, but I decided to look around and see what we could manage at home first. We had purchased a few fantastic books by Usborne Playtime a few years ago, and had these sitting on a bookshelf:
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And these books do provide terrific step-by-step instructions for the kids on how to draw people and animals. But it wasn't until we discovered the website ActivityTV that the idea of drawing really came alive for my kids. The site showcases a library of videos featuring cartoonist Bruce Blitz, where he breaks down how to create cartoon drawings into small steps that kids can easily follow. And since it is an online video, my children can pause it when they want to spend a few extra moments working on a detail, and then continue to play it when they are ready to move ahead. Bruce even shows them how to add color to their drawings to help bring them to life.
Here are a few picture of what my 9 year old son created while watching the videos….
Even my 5 and 7 year old daughters were able to create some fantastic drawings- far better than anything I could have ever done on my own! Activity TV also offers how-to videos on dancing, creating jewelry, magic, science projects, origami, cooking, making paper airplanes, and more! This is a really great website that is packed full of ideas!
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