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Little Houses in Pencil

"Those who dream by day
are cognizant of many things
which escape those
who dream only by night."
~Edgar Allen Poe


my daughter (8) drew streets lined with houses, whose paths lead to the street and on to a courtyard

there's a park, a nature trail, even a zoo

it was fun to draw on the floor

my city in progress

my older daughter (10) drew a 3D city with a looser style, magical names and all sorts of things going on

Here's an example of doing art and letting the kids curiosity lead them to work with you. I pulled out a pencil and a huge 18x24" drawing pad and set everything on the floor and started to draw roads. The girls wandered over and asked if they could draw cities as well, remembering our past map projects. So the three of us drew cities on paper, lounging on the living room floor.

This has been so engaging that the girls have each drawn 2-3 maps. I drew one, cuz I'm slower!

I learned that I really don't like working in pencil. Erasing is certainly a bonus, but I find pitt pens so precise, so smooth, so non-smudgy! My map and hands are smudged w/graphite. I am used to a crisp white background. I worked in pencil because I figured the girls would want to work in pencil.

Cloudy days mean blah photos. I've taken these shots 3x, all sucky.

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Reader Comments (2)

I love this!!! Love that you are not only making your cool little cityscapes, but that you are building artists!
They've got some interesting work. I'd love to see these colored in....any chance you can hand them some
markers or colored pencils???? Seriously!

I'm off to their zoo now, haven't been in way too long :D :D LOL!

06.27.2010 | Unregistered CommenterEden

Eden, The maps they made before these were done in marker - but it doesn't look like they want to colorize these! Let me know how you like the penguins + elephants @ the imaginary zoo.


06.27.2010 | Registered Commentergypsy

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