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Thursday, 16 August 2007
Let's Draw Dogs - Children's Drawing Workshop
Topic: Drawing Lesson

This Tuesday's children's workshop at Rockland Public Library was on drawing dogs. The kids (and some parents) did follow-along drawing with my demonstrations. These are my demonstration drawings. The links below each drawing will give you a larger view that you can print out and try your own hand at. The kids' drawings are at the links below this table. The kids put their art up on the white board for gang photos. There are repeats where some drawings were turned over to show the verso and others remained.

dog drawing
Dogs' eyes and faces

We started with practice in drawing eyes, then did a frontal dog face and a profile view. 

dog drawing
Dachshund after Ken Hultgren, silhouette...

This simple line drawing after Ken Hultgren is amazing to see how beautifully the kids can do it. Start with the snout, then a sweep along the back to the curly tail, a front leg, a back leg, and a 'z' for the eye. 

The silhouette we start by scribbling in the head, then the neck and shoulders, the body, the legs and finally the kids had their choice of tails on the left. The ball was just supposed to show the difference between using an outline to draw and just using scribbling. It turned out to also be a ball for the dog! 

dog drawing
Mean bulldog after Ken Hultgren

No one wanted to try this bulldog. They all thought it looked too hard to do. But they gave in and of course they all made good scary dogs. 

dog drawing
after Scooby-Doo

We had brainstormed a list of dog characters the kids knew. Someone happened to have a Scooby Doo book, so we gave it a try. I didn't even know who he is even though I'd heard of him. We started with nose, then the eyes. When I put in the mouth there was a roar of laughter from the kids. I said, "Whaaat?", thinking something had happened that I was unaware of. An adult filled me in, "They like it." Wait til you see their Scooby-Doo's below. 

Click the links below to see the kids' drawings.  Any ideas how to get good photos of pencil drawings (in short time constraints)?
Kids' dog drawings A
Kids' dog drawings B
Kids' dog drawings C
Kids' dog drawings D
Kids' dog drawings D1
after Scooby Doo by GB age 7
after Scooby Doo by CB age 9?

Posted by Catinka Knoth at 7:31 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 16 August 2007 8:01 PM EDT
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