You Can Draw

Children love to draw. Each month since 1983, Nature Friend has given children a lesson in art. Sometimes a painting, sometimes in pencil, children enjoy following the instructions to create their own special drawing.

Over the next several weeks, hundreds of children submit their drawings for consideration to be published in an upcoming edition of Nature Friend. We choose for publication from all age groups, usually 26 children's drawings per month.  Occasionally we run an unannounced bonus page or two of children's drawings.  Those months may have fifty or seventy-five drawings.

The white-tailed fawn lesson appeared in the April 2009 issue.

Six months of a year we have a two-page art lesson, rather than the usual one page.  While all ages can still enjoy doing the drawings, advanced artists can learn more in-depth techniques from the two-page lesson.  Below is an example of a two-page lesson that teaches color harmonies.

Page 1 above and page 2 below, of a two-page art lesson.

Below are drawings children did of the chipmunk lesson from September 2008.

A blue jay art lesson from December 2008.

Blue jay art lesson

Children's drawings from the blue jay lesson.


Rules for submitting artwork


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