- Mister Rogers
Mister Rogers uses felt-tipped markers to "draw a song." He talks about what he would do if he had no markers or paper or music, and he still wanted to "draw a song": He'd imagine that he had those things and make an imaginary picture in the air! Mr. McFeely brings a film about how people make colored markers.
- Reading Rainbow
- "Regina's Big Mistake"
Regina must draw a rain forest for her school assignment, but she's afraid she'll mess up. Find out what happens when she finally puts crayon to paper.
Do in Class
- Arthur: Art Gallery - Send your pictures to Binky for a chance to have your work added to the gallery.
- Arthur: Draw to the Music - Draw murals to different kinds of music and then compare them.
- Arthur: Story Writing with Arthur - Draw pictures in a comic strip storyboard to retell or create an original Arthur story.
- Between the Lions: Imagine That! - Draw a mix-and-match fantasy creature. Discuss what you would do if something humorous or totally impossible happened to you.
- Boohbah: Drawing Numbers - Help children recognize that numbers can be represented different ways. Pick a number of Boohbahs and see if children can draw them in different configurations.
- Caillou: Picture Storybook - Draw or write a story on a printable book from Caillou.
- Clifford the Big Red Dog: Drawing Activity - Be an animator. Learn how to draw Clifford using a printable style sheet or try a freehand version.
- Cyberchase: A Different Point of View - Observe and draw objects from a different point of view.
- George Shrinks: Learn to Draw - Learn some basic drawing skills with the characters from George Shrinks.
- George Shrinks: Finish the Picture - Match the unfinished character drawing to the finished drawing by adding a few lines.
- Sagwa: Drawing Lesson - Learn how to draw your favorite Sagwa characters.
- ZOOM: Doodles - Play a drawing game that puts a new twist on the traditional game of telephone.
- ZOOM: Flip Book - Explore human vision by drawing a series of similar images on different pages, each changed just a bit. Bind them together so that when the images are flipped in quick sequence there is an illusion of movement.
- ZOOM: Thaumatropes - Explore optical illusions by drawing two related images (such as a bird and a cage) on index cards. Attach the cards to opposite ends of a pencil and spin it to see how the images appear to merge.
- Caillou: Connect the Dots - Connect the dots to make a picture online.
- George Shrinks: Connect the Dots - Connect the dots to spell a word and make a picture.
- Maya and Miguel: Miguel's Sketchpad - Practice drawing as you sketch online with Maya and Miguel.
- Reading Rainbow: Draw Your Hero - Draw your hero online and share your drawings with friends.
- Sagwa: Story Maker - Create a picture and write a story to go along with it in this interactive activity.
- The Boy on Fairfield Street
By Kathleen Krull, Steve Johnson, and Lou Fancher
Published January 2004 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Ted Geisel's parents wanted him to be a doctor, but Ted, who became Dr. Seuss, loved doodling, and animals, and humor. Not many people appreciated his vision or encouraged him. He took one art class and quit when his teacher complained that he broke the rules. His Dartmouth classmates voted him "Least Likely to Succeed." This biography of Dr. Seuss describes his life up to his first small triumphs. An author's note outlines his more familiar and successful career and lists his works.
- Drawing Lessons from a Bear
By David M. McPhail
Published April 2000 by Little Brown & Company
A bear tells how he became an artist, emphasizing the value of persistence, practice, and artistic principles. Aspiring artists 4-8 will get valuable tips in shading, perspective, and detail from the end papers.
*As most PBS children's programs offer one year extended taping rights for teachers, please feel free to tape them now and save them for use in your classroom during the school year.