These two pictures were drawn at the beginning of a series of drawing lessons and at the end. Progress is clear and I would recommend that teachers try these free videos and downloads.
Teaching drawing at the right age can help pupils make a good start in their art education and is deceptively simple to deliver even as a non-specialist art teacher.
As an art teacher with many years experience and passionate about the importance of drawing, I have always been aware of the relevance and understanding drawing brings to an art education. Starting too early is not necessary and most educators and research points to Year 4 as a perfect age to learn to draw formally.
Over the many years I have proven this to be the case and below are some examples of pupils at the start of a series of drawing lessons and at the end, a term later.
If you teach Year 4 why not try this method and use the free website videos and downloads for teachers. The lessons take roughly a term with 12 1 hour lessons. www.teachyourclasstodraw.com is the site where you can safely show the instructional videos to the class and there are teacher notes videos with each video.
Start the lessons by giving your class a drawing assessment. Tell them to use anything they like and draw the image in about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Title this as Drawing 1 (if you have new sketchbooks you can get pupils to do this in the centre pages so when they do drawing 2 they are next to each other and are easier to compare, for you, parents, pupils or anyone else who is interested in their progress). When your class have finished the 9 drawing lessons then get them to do the same assessment drawing to see progress.
Download the assessment drawing from this link http://teachyourclasstodraw.com/blank-grid-medium/free-colouring-downloads/ or copy from this post.
Examples of Year 4 drawing progress after 1 term.