Drawing for Children and Teenagers

Course type: Culture and art

Age: 7-16 years

The goal of our drawing course for bilingual children is not only to develop their sense of aesthetics and appreciation for the beauty of the world around them, but to familiarize bilingual children with Russian folk toys (for example, Dymkovo toys, Filimonovo toys, nesting dolls) and works of Russian folk art including literary illustrations, handicrafts, household objects and clothing.

Age 3-4

By the end of the course children will be able to:
– recognize and name different materials used for drawing and painting, as well as various colors used in the course.
– represent distinct subjects using simple compositions and plots.
– choose colors that fit the subject they are drawing.
– correctly use colored pencils, markers, paints and brushes.

Age 4-5

By the end of the course children will be able to:
– recognize the distinguishing features of traditional Russian toys in the Dymkovo and Filimonovo styles, show an interest in literary illustrations.
– Depict different subjects by representing them with distinct shapes, color choice, accurate coloring and use of various materials.
– Depict simple plots in a drawing by combining several subjects.

Age 5-6

By the end of the course children will be able to:
– create a composition from several subjects (drawn either from nature or their imagination); depict a plot or story.
– make use of different colors and tones to create more expressive compositions.
– make ornaments based on themes found in folk arts and crafts.

Younger schoolchildren

The course for children at the elementary school level includes study of various forms of art (painting, graphic art, folk art and handicrafts, architecture), development of imagination, the ability to analyze an artist’s work, the ability to create drafts and sketches, as well as the main elements of representing the human form.

Older Schoolchildren

The primary goals of the course for older schoolchildren are a familiarity with works from various forms of art, in-depth study of folk art and objects, introduction to decorative arts and crafts from a variety of periods and countries, detailed analysis of the artistic subject, development of skills in nontraditional drawing methods.

How do online lessons work?

In the lesson you will not simply watch a video in which the instructor demonstrates and provides commentary the whole time.
The instructor will give a detailed description in advance of the materials to be used in the lessons. For younger and older schoolchildren, this also includes an introduction to the literature that is necessary to read before beginning the composition (poetry, fairy tales, methodological literature, etc.). Then the teacher and student meet in Skype at a prearranged time. First, the theme of the lesson is discussed. Then the instructor directs the camera to a sheet of paper and explains and demonstrates in detail how the drawing process can be executed. Student and teacher discuss different approaches for completing the assignment. Then, in the next stage, the student must turn the camera to his or her paper and begin independently creating the composition. While the student draws, the instructor may make corrections or offer feedback, and the student can ask questions.

This course is taught by

  • Tatiana E.
    Artist – Pedagogue, Instructor in the visual arts
    - Visual arts instructor in the kindergarten “Mishutka”. Work with groups age 3-4, 4-5 and 5-6. Smolensk, Russia. - Instructor for... Learn more...

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