This week we had craft day at our church– a homeschooling coop with a bunch of friends.There are usually 20-25 kids — some teens, a few toddlers and preschoolers, but most of the kids are probably in the 5-12 age range. Moms each take turns being in charge of the craft, and we don’t really expect anything huge or involved. But when it’s your turn, you always want to do something that is enjoyable for all, which can be tricky with that broad an age span.
I was in charge this month, and decided to go with an art project that I’d seen online. This cartooning video is part of a whole series of DVD art classes designed for homeschooling families. I watched it ahead of time, and decided to show about 25 minutes of the 70 minute video. This was the first time our group had done anything quite like that, but it ended up working really well.
The teacher steps kids through the art in a really doable way. For example, she began by showing kids how to make different kinds of cartoon eyes, noses, and mouths in a collection on a sheet of scrap paper. It was all very simple and non-intimidating for folks not sure of their drawing ability, but varied enough to also intrigue the kids who did like to draw. Then she showed how to cartoonize shapes of vegetable using a mix of the features that she’d already shown the kids how to draw.
Not every kid adored the activity, but at any given moment during the 25 minute drawing session, a good 75% of the kids were happily engaged, which in a group that diverse I consider a big success. The preschoolers ended up being happy mostly coloring and drawing free-form, but several of the 5 year old kiddos were able to follow along and do some interesting faces with the instruction of the DVD. I’m looking forward to showing the rest of the video to my kids at home.
Now, the fun part: I am giving away a cartooning DVD to one of you! All you have to do is comment below and tell me a bit about your family and art. Do you enjoy drawing or does it intimidate you? What about your kids? Who do you think would enjoy this video most at your house? For a second entry, you may share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter, or you may ‘like’ See The Light on Facebook. I will choose a winner early next week.