When it comes to teaching my children, I pretty much feel like I can teach them anything… anything except how to draw. I stink at drawing. I can’t draw a straight line WITH a ruler, I’m that bad. Which is funny, because my brother is a talented graphic artist. Just goes to show that when it comes to gene distribution, he got all the artistic ones. I can do craft projects and such, but when it comes to drawing… meh. Even my stick people are sickly. When I recently received an opportunity to review a new DVD, Drawing with Mark – Reach for the Stars and A Day with the Dinosaurs, I knew I could fit it into our homeschool curriculum. Art class, problem solved.
The host, Mark Marderosian, is a professional illustrator (and creator of “Angels from the Attic,” a comic strip that appears in 50 newspapers nationwide) and is soft spoken. He has a gentle way of encouraging kids and is a natural educator. He teaches simple art lessons, discussing shapes, parallel lines, shading, dimension, stick figures (ahhhh, stick figures) and more. He teaches in such a way that kids are comfortable exploring their creativity. Each Drawing with Mark DVD consists of two 30-minute episodes that combine a field trip to a cool destination with two drawing lessons relating to the field trip, colorful animation, fun facts, trivia, and suggested reading books.
Drawing with Mark: Reach for the Stars and A Day with the Dinosaurs
Mark Marderosian visits the Museum of Science in Boston twice where he introduces his viewers to dinosaurs and how they lived. Viewers then learn how to draw a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a Pterodactyl. On the second visit Marderosian and the “Angels from the Attic” learn about outer space, planets and stars. In this episode, the drawing lessons feature the planet Saturn and as well as a friendly astronaut on the moon.
Mister and Sister thoroughly enjoyed watching Drawing with Mark. Mister even created a masterpiece!