Drawing Lessons for Kids with the Monart Method :: Revisited

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Daphnes Lion Drawing using the Monart Method

If you follow The Artful Parent page on Facebook* or if you’re one of my very first Instagram followers (I just started) you may have seen Daphne’s first lion drawing yesterday.

Maia doing the Monart pre drawing exercisesMaia and I were working together on one of the drawing lessons from Mona Brookes’ Drawing with Children (at her special request; we had actually taken a break from the book until then) and Daphne wanted to join in. So we all did the pre-drawing exercises, which both kids love.

Then Maia (age 8) drew a lion from memory and Daphne (age 4) really  wanted to draw a lion, too, but said she didn’t know how and asked if I could help her.

I told her I’d walk her through the lines and shapes that make up a lion, step by step, but that I was confident she could draw a lion herself.

She agreed to give it a try.

I talked her through the “how to draw a lion” process, one of the drawing lessons for kids in Drawing with Children, starting with the eyes and nose all the way to the tail and toes.

Daphnes Lion Drawing using the Monart Drawing Lessons

She did great! And was able to follow along easily although she sometimes looked at my own drawing or the illustration in the book to see how to draw a line when my description didn’t make complete sense to her.

A year ago, when Maia and I were working through the drawing lessons in Mona Brookes’ book, Daphne joined us for the pre-drawing exercises, but showed no interest whatsoever in doing the drawing lessons.

Now she’s obviously ready and interested.

Daphnes Lion Drawing using the Monart Method of Drawing

Daphne is SO proud of her lion drawing! You can also see how she added her own special style to the drawing with plenty of swirls, hearts, and spirals (which fill all of her drawings these days).

Drawing Lessons for Kids Monart Method - Maias Lion

Maia was proud that she was able to draw her lion without instruction and that she was able to make him look fierce by the way she drew the eyes and the teeth.

Drawing Lessons for Kids Using the Monart MethodAll in all, we spent a great hour and a half yesterday drawing and talking and trading marker colors back and forth. We all had so much fun that I think it’s time to get back into doing the Monart drawing lessons for kids!

If you’re interested in seeing my past posts on our experiences with the book, Drawing with Children, and the Monart method, here’s the list:

Drawing Lessons for Kids with Monart

Drawing with Kids using the Monart Method (my first post about the book)

Drawing with Kids using the Monart Method :: Lesson 1 Birds

Drawing with Kids using the Monart Method :: Lesson 2 Lions

Drawing Lessons for Kids with the Monart Method :: Revisited (this post!)

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  1. says

    Way to go, Daphne! I love how she incorporated her own styling. I’m intrigued by this Monart Method as Wren has gotten more interested in representational art and gets discouraged when things don’t look how she things they should. This is discouraging to me, of course, because I don’t want her to feel this way. I will check it out!

  2. says

    Just wanted to let you know that the new site looks great! Also, what fun you all seem to be having with your drawings. You didn’t show us your lion, though. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  3. Elaine says

    Hi Jean. What kind of markers do you use? I was just thinking of using the regular crayolas, or maybe pip squeaks. What do you think? Thanks so much for posting this, it is very timely and helpful for me!

  4. says

    Hi. Thanks for your post. My son is 4 and has had quite a few experiences with various art materials, but he very rarely tries to draw anything. No prople, houses, dogs, trees, etc. He still just likes to make “pretty designs.” Do you think this is a good way to encourage him to draw or do you think it would be better to wait until he starts drawing some on his own first?

  5. Nupur Johri says

    How awesome! I’d love to use these ideas in my small apartment. Thanks for giving your readers a chance to enter this giveaway.

  6. Jeanette Millward says

    Jean, I know that I’m commenting on an old post, but I had to share with you that I just finished a week long internship with Mona Brookes at her studio in Berkeley, CA. She is truly a lovely, inspiring woman. There was not one question that we could throw at her that she didn’t have an answer to. She has so much experience teaching children to draw. I wondered, at first, if this technique would “stifle creativity”, but it was clear after hearing her stories, seeing student work, and watching her work with the children in her class that it doesn’t. It just gives them the tools they need to really fly! She is just such a dear lady… I can’t say enough good about her.

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