Mia 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. 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:
Share your experiences with your kids drawing the abstract cat in the comments. Happy creating!
Life is an Adventure!
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 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