Drawing is at the center of all art making. It is expressive, unique and individual to all who make a mark….and children draw with curiosity and abandon. During this drop-in drawing activity, young children and their parents will engage with a variety of ‘treasures’ from the natural world, draw what they see and identify the objects using library resources.
Lead artist educator Sonja Olson supported by The Drawing Project will guide children in experiential age appropriate drawing activities. Looking closely with hands, eyes, ears and nose will be encouraged as rocks, bones, sticks, feathers, and fur are examined and drawn. Children will ‘guess’ where the objects come from and be encouraged to use the library resources to ‘discover’ the sources of the objects.
Children and their parents will leave with new drawing strategies, new knowledge of the natural world, and a treasured drawing.
Age Range: Pre-K to adult; this activity is appropriate for any age level but focuses on the Pre-K children
Artist Bios: Sonja Olson is an artist, writer and educator with over 15 years of experience teaching art and working with children. She has a MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Thomas and a BFA in sculpture from the College of Visual Arts. Currently, Sonja is a teacher at Children’s Center Montessori in Saint Paul, MN.
The Drawing Project aims to collaborate, encourage and engage diverse local and global perspectives on contemporary drawing through nomadic workshops. The Drawing Project was co-founded by artists Lynda Monick-Isenberg and Shannon Brunette. Lynda is a professor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design where she teaches drawing and oversees the Teaching Artist Minor. Shannon is the general manager at Penumbra Theater and a continuing education faculty member at Minneapolis College of Art and Design.