National Portrait Gallery – David Hockney: Drawing From Life
Often the first things children learn to draw are subjects from everyday life. Help them learn the basics of portraiture with this free online resource from the National Portrait Gallery. This teacher’s resource explores key themes and drawing techniques used by artist David Hockney in his self portraits and sketches of his family. Once you have worked through the programme with the little ones, invite them to participate in a family drawing challenge. Whomever draws the most creative portrait of another family member gets to choose what the family has for dinner!
Lillian Gray Art School
Lillian Gray Art School is one of the most highly reputed learning centres for artists in the making in Gauteng. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent national lockdown, Lillian Gray has offered free online art classes for children and adults. All you have to do is subscribe to the Lillian Gray YouTube channel to find an array of resources to keep you and the kids entertained for hours on end. Learn the basics of drawing, perspective, shapes, proportion and much more. Lillian Gray also has some great videos on art projects you can do from home. What more could you need to see you through the final days of lockdown?
Udemy: Art Courses For Kids
You may know Udemy as the online platform famous for its super reasonable skills courses. However, we bet you didn’t know that the platform also offers art courses for kids! Invest a little extra time and money in your child’s artistic future by purchasing one or two of these Udemy courses. Our top pick would be the Building Kids Confidence Through Drawing course. During this time of uncertainty and fear, kids need all the confidence they can get. Perfect for children aged eight and above, this course is a steal at only *R150. Get it here.
Need something quick and simple to keep little hands busy while you work, cook or clean? Check out e-Classroom’s free downloadable drawing resources. Suited to children aged three to five, these step by step sketch worksheets will teach them how to draw an assortment of animals and shapes. So, get out the wax crayons and let imaginations soar. Don’t forget to display your child’s artwork on the fridge or somewhere else in the house to bring a little colour to this bleak situation.
Good luck with your at-home art projects and remember to stay positive. We have almost reached the end!