Magazine Pictures as Drawing Prompts for Kids
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Magazine Pictures as Drawing Prompts for Kids


Magazine Pictures as Drawing Prompts for Kids - Maia working on her whale artwork

I came across a photo on Pinterest recently that has inspired all kinds of creative drawing in our home lately.

The photo depicts an artwork that is composed of half a magazine page pasted onto paper and the missing half of the magazine image completed (or made up) through pen and ink drawing.

When I followed the link, the post was not about magazine images as drawing prompts for kids, as I had assumed, but rather about drawing MC Escher-type repeated patterns and cross-hatching (including the aforementioned magazine artwork wallpaper).

Magazine Pictures as Drawing Prompts for Kids Art

However! I took the idea I initially saw and loved in that image and created a handful of magazine drawing prompts for the kids and their friends. And have even used the idea in my daily sketchbook.

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It has been such a hit!

Magazine Pictures as Drawing Prompts for Kids - Emily's house in a snowstorm

I love it. The kids have all loved it. Everyone has been tremendously inspired by these magazine drawing prompts, working more creatively and working on their artworks longer than they often do.

Here’s how we did this ::

Magazine Pictures as Drawing Prompts for Kids

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Magazine pictures as drawing prompts


1. Choose your magazine images and cut them out.

I cut out half pages, partial pages, cut around some items, and even did one with a full magazine page (with the idea that the kids could draw over the magazine image).

2. Glue the magazine pages to the paper as desired.

You can either go to work drawing right away at this point or you can let your magazine pages dry under a heavy book so they’ll dry flat.

Magazine pictures as drawing prompts for kids

3. Draw around and on the magazine images and paper as desired, using the magazine image as a starting point or drawing prompt for your artwork.

Magazine pictures as drawing prompts for kids

*Note :: To draw on the magazine images, a Sharpie marker or other permanent pen works best. Daphne used silver metallic Sharpies for drawing on her dark magazine page. However, the kids used regular washable markers for the most part.

Magazine Pictures as Drawing Prompts for Kids - four finished artworks

Here are some of the kids’ finished artworks (above) using the magazine images as drawing prompts.

Magazine Pictures as Drawing Prompts

And here are the ones that Harry and I did.

How about you? Do you offer your children drawing prompts? Would you give this idea a try?

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  • Reply
    January 15, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Oh my goodness! This is a wonderful idea. I have been considering all the ways we might reuse our piles of Babybug, Ladybug, and Ask magazines — I don’t think I ever would have thought of a drawing prompt, but how perfect! Thank you for this post. You continue to inspire me with your creativity and thoughtfulness.

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      Jean Van't Hul
      January 15, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      You’re welcome, Michelle! So glad you find inspiration here!

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    January 15, 2015 at 11:31 am

    That is an amazing idea, have to try out with my 4,5 and 7 year old play group kids. Thank you for coming up with such creative themes.

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      Jean Van't Hul
      January 15, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      Glad you like it, Poorva! I hope your play group kids enjoy this activity! I would love to hear how it goes with them!

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    Katie Harding
    January 15, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    This is such a cool crafting idea! I am trying to get my older son to pay less attention to his screen time and more attention to his creative side so I think we will be testing this out this weekend!

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      Jean Van't Hul
      January 15, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      Thanks, Katie! And good luck with your plan!

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    January 16, 2015 at 9:52 am

    I have your book in french and was following your blog for several month, but did the connection between both (hard to link different languages). Thank you for your book, I really like the first part about how t think/talk with kids.

    And I suggested this drawing from magazine pictures. Big success, my husband draw the whole evening, lol.

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    January 17, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    OK…so now I’m headed out to our recycling bin to reclaim two free 2015 calendars I tossed that would be PERFECT for this! Great idea…

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    sharon velluto
    January 20, 2015 at 11:11 am

    omgosh!! this is genius!! luvluvluv it! im no creative genius but keep giving these great ideas and i can surly run wih them !

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    Tricia Preston
    January 28, 2015 at 12:03 am

    I love this idea! My daughter loves doing crafts and this is a great idea! Thanks for sharing! I love your blog

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    Tricia Preston
    January 28, 2015 at 12:04 am

    Thanks for sharing this great idea! My daughter will love doing this! Love your blog!

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    March 2, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    This idea is just terrific! I am inspired to have my 10 year old daughter try this. She is very creative and artistic, but often feels like she can’t draw very well. Thank you for this wonderful post!

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    August 10, 2015 at 12:31 am

    I love this idea and I’m going to set some up right now for my children to use tomorrow. I love how Maia’s whale is absolutely rejoicing with her creative additions!

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