Knowing that our Junior Girl Scouts wanted to earn their Drawing badge this year, I looked beyond the Young Rembrandt summer camps and discovered we could set up a class on our own.
STEP 1: Experiment with different shading materials.
The girls drew three drawings during our two-hour program. One they left in pencil, one they outlined in Sharpie and colored with markers, and one they colored with colored pencils.
STEP 2: Learn how to add shading.
Our instructor gave the girls a quick coloring lesson. She outlined an area on her drawing before shading the area in, moving in only one direction. She demonstrated how to shade the area with a colored pencil. She provided many tips throughout the class, but one was especially helpful--If you are going to use an orange marker, for example, color everything on the paper you want to be orange before you switch to a different color. This is a great suggestion for a group of kids who are sharing the same resources.
STEP 3: Get some perspective.
We had a discussion about drawing from different perspectives, and the girls practiced perspective while drawing a planet landscape.
STEP 4: Use your imagination like a graphic artist.
The girls drew three cartoon aliens and had the opportunity to add details to make them their own.
At the end of the program, the girls made a portfolio. They folded half a piece of poster board in half and secured the two sides with patterned duct tape. They punched a hole in the center of the top edge and tied a ribbon through the hole. They used markers to decorate their portfolios.
I highly recommend booking a class with Young Rembrandts. They were prompt when returning phone calls and answering emails. They were flexible when we had to reschedule our original date. The instructor kept the girls on task, and they were busy from the minute the class began to the minute it was time to leave. Well worth every penny! Since this was our only event for December, the girls had a cookie exchange at the end of the evening. Our Brownies will earn the Family Story badge in January. I hope you check back with us. Happy Holidays! Hope you all have a fun and safe New Year!