A colouring sheet, in French and English:
We like to go on scavenger hunts for leaves at this time of year and identify the leaves — this printable colouring sheet is part of the fun of that!
Ringo atelier is a creative studio, and resource, for children and their blog is lovely, too. Lots of their drawing activities have a PDF to print out and do at home. They have loads of pages to colour and develop, like this invent the fruit that goes with this leaf (below; above is Auggie's rainbow fruit), which we tried yesterday during a rainy day
and this construct a city (this one is meant to be for collage, but we painted and scribbled them)
There are also some really great projects that we haven't yet tried, like the à la manière de section, with projects inspired by the work of artists like David Hockney or Sonia Delaunay. I think the David Hockney one is perfect for July, and I will put in a little translation here (find the original project here). Observe water (in your bath, swimming pool, by the sea or edge of a lake...), in the style of painter David Hockney. Have fun trying to reproduce the waves, the reflections, the colour of the water. To do this, use watered-down paint, sponges, tissues and different papers. Look carefully at this painting of a swimming pool (below, left)
One of my resolutions this year (otherwise known as a deadline) is to finish up a new series of books: Auggie in Colourtown, Auggie and the Counting Robot and Auggie's Garage. Every Tuesday I will be posting a new illustration as I work through the books, which are due to be released in September. Here is the Auggie Bloggie.
UPDATE: These owls will be in a new book Auggie's Counting Robot. Find more Auggie drawings at the Auggie Bloggie.
If you live with a tiny art director who demands to see hundreds of owls, you become quite an efficient owl drawer. Here is a very efficient owl in 7 steps. (Our art director really appreciates the sleeping owls).
Are you familiar with Ed Emberley? He has written almost 80 books for children and is a Caldecott award winner. In many of his books, he teaches drawing with very simple shapes and lines, and shows you how to combine these same shapes and lines to create a princess or a dragon or mouse. He is fantastic.
It looks like he is currently updating his web site, and it has activities. Here is an excerpt from his biography (on his web site):
"I am an old grandpa kind of guy." So simple, so nice!
Here are two books we have at home, Ed Emberley's Drawing Book of Faces from 1975 and Make a World from 1972.
The layout of the books is very simple: long strips of step-by-step instructions. We wanted to post a couple of details, and the long shape doesn't fit the screen very well, so (with apologies to Mr, Emberley) we are stacking instructions for an admiral, a helicopter and a blimp.