Here's a super simple lesson for kids of all ages. You can adapt it for lots of different lessons, covering the visual elements or different ways of drawing, or, simply just have some fun.
1. Choose your size of paper, for these I worked A5, but you could go bigger if you feel to.
2. If the kids aren't feeling that confident to draw straight in pen, go for it in pencil first, making sure they don't press down too hard, as they'll rub the pencil lines out later. I still finding using a pencil at times a great support. Another little tip for bubble writing, if you aren't too sure about how to do it, sketch out lightly the letter first then use it as a guide to draw around, leaving however much space you want (depending on the thickness of the letter you are after) you can go for either straight or curved edges, or a mixture of both, then you rub out the pencil lines later. See in the 'c' in the first picture.
3. Start to add the doodles and detail. It's up to you / the kids if they want to do the whole thing in pencil first, then go over it in pen, or a mixture of both and pencil to support in areas they maybe don't feel too confident in, There are no rules here; it's about having fun . Same goes for colours, no rules apply, they can be done in pens or pencils or both, or even paint for that matter. I tend to like working in one colour outline then adding colour from there. Sometimes I forget to let the pens dry before rubbing out the pencil, this ends up smudging the ink. .
4. Sometimes I change it slightly as ask the kids to create doodles that tell me all about them, it might be things they like, animals, insect, colours, anything they feel expresses who they are, (see last photo) this can be a great intro lesson, start to a new class or school year.
Gyl works as an art and design teacher with primary school children. Having previously taught art and design at high school, worked at the Venice Bienalle, and as an arts lecturer at further education college. She also enjoys making her own work.