Back to the Gym: Sketch Dump

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I’ve recently returned to drawing, and I’ve been attending a weekly drawing workshop. It’s starting to feel like my old drawing muscles are coming back. Here’s a dump of some recent sketches:

sketch1 I got a cheap brush pen and have been using it to sketch. Here’s a 20 minute sketch of St. Edith Stein. (With red crayon background.)


sketch4I’m also teaching art to my kids, and this is a 10 minute demo sketch drawing from a photo of Charles Darwin. Continue reading

Introducing Children to Art

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My daughter and oldest son have very different takes on this portrait by Raphael.

A while back I was asked for some thoughts on art, beauty, and God. A few of those comments made their way into this nice article on beauty by Anamaria Scaperlanda Biddick in Our Sunday Visitor. I’ve written here before about art and developing an enthusiasm for it, and in a general way, about introducing children to it. As I was reading the OSV article, some more concrete examples came to mind about introducing children to art.

lookingatkellsA general principle that my wife and I have tried to follow with our children: introduce art with them, not at them. By this I mean: don’t turn on some music, a movie, or toss a book of paintings at them and leave the room. Sit down with them, watch things, listen, and look. Discuss.  If they are uninterested, don’t push it. If they show an interest in some good art, cultivate that interest and find ways they can engage with it.

I don’t kid myself about my children’s native artistic taste: they are just as likely to want to watch or read something that has little to no artistic merit as they are to want to watch something good. But if introduced to great art with enthusiasm, they pick up on it pretty quickly… CONTINUE READING