May 272016
 
How to make an abstract cat drawing-children's art projectMia Meow wanted to share a creative adventure with you today! Here  is a simple abstract cat drawing that can be easily created by children 5 years old and up. It is a fun drawing that challenges children to follow sequential directions to achieve an image that looks like a recognizable subject. Despite the sequential directions, the project offers a lot of room for individual expression, as well. The abstract cat drawing can be created with a variety of media. The image that you see to the left is an oil pastel drawing on black paper, but you can do it with crayons, colored pencils, markers, paint, etc. I like oil pastels on colored papers, as they tend to create interesting contrasts and textures. (Use them with discretion with children who put things in their mouths.) Crayons on white paper create bright contrasts too! Whatever media you choose, follow the drawing sequence that you see below. Begin with a simple cross grid drawn with an oil pastel (or crayon, marker, pencil, etc.) that offers good contrast. Using the same oil pastel, add a "U" shape that crosses the top two squares. Add details as you go, eventually completing the features of a cat. How to make an abstract cat drawing -children's art project It is best to do the sequence quickly and spontaneously without laborious fussing with details. The drawing needn't be perfect. In fact, imperfections give it more character! After the drawing is complete, encourage the child to color in the different shapes with a variety of colors. They can add designs, too if the want! Examples:
How to draw an abstract cat -children's art project

Crayon

How to draw an abstract cat -children's art project

Oil Pastel

How to draw an abstract cat -children's art project

Acrylic Paint on Canvas

Share your experiences with your kids drawing the abstract cat in the comments. Happy creating! Life is an Adventure! BZTAT
May 022016
 
Mia Meow painting Cat character from Children's book waving

Artwork by BZTAT

Mia Meow and I are a little sad this week, because it is our last week to visit our preschool friends for the school year. We have had so much fun visiting classrooms and making art with our good friends this year! Some of our friends will be back next year, but many will go on to Kindergarten. We are so excited for the learning adventures ahead of them! We hope we will see them in the hallways next year as we meet new preschool students. We also hope that they will visit us here! We plan to keep the creative fun going by posting new creative art projects for our friends to make over the summer. Each week as I bring our art classes to a close, I ask my students, "Want to say goodbye to Mia Meow?" They always send her off with great love and enthusiasm and wish her well for the week. This week, we are saying goodbye for the school year, but also encouraging students to visit us here with their families. Mia Meow's end of the school year wish is that all of her friends will keep creating and learning as the school year ends and as summer begins. Stop by here regularly to join in Mia Meow's summer fun, or sign up to get our latest creative adventures in your inbox. Mia Meow is looking forward to creating with you! Life is and Adventure! BZTAT      
Nov 132015
 
  Mia Meow has been visiting preschool classes this week, learning about shapes and patterns. I shared this painting of her and had the children help me tell her story. Not only did they discover the pattern in the rays of the sun, they had a lot of fun chanting, "Oh, my! Oh my! Mia Meow!" Mia Meow Cat Character Children's book by artist BZTATMia Meow was a curious cat. Oh, my! Oh my! Mia Meow! Mia Meow was an artist’s cat. Oh, my! Oh my! Mia Meow! Mia Meow thought she was all that. Oh, my! Oh my! Mia Meow! Mia Meow, what a silly little cat! Lesson: Today, Mia Meow is wondering, what is that big thing up in the sky? The center is round, and it has pointy things all around it. The center is a (CIRCLE) and it is colored (YELLOW). The pointy things are (TRIANGLES) and some are colored (RED) and some are colored (ORANGE). She noticed that there was a pattern to the triangles. There was a red triangle, then an orange triangle then a red one and then an orange one again. “Wow!” said Mia. “I found a pattern!” Oh, my! Oh my! Mia Meow! Mia decided to draw a picture of the big thing up in the sky, making a circle, and coloring in the triangles around it with the repeating pattern. What is that big thing up in the sky that Mia discovered? What shapes did she find? What colors are the shapes? Can you find the pattern in the triangles? Mia Meow would love it if you made a picture like hers! (Adults can find a sun pattern template via Google images to use). Can you make a pattern like the one Mia Meow found? Life is an Adventure! BZTAT
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