How to Draw a Wasp – Minibeasts

Vespula-Germanica-Shoo-Rayner-Wasp After a lot of thinking and planning and more thinking and more planning, I have decided to relaunch my DrawStuffRealEasy channel. It will be very curriculum based aiming to help with school and homework projects for primary school aged children.

So if there is something you or your class would like to know how to draw, let me know!

First, in a series of mini beasts, is the WASP!

Children’s Writer’s Conference

Conference logo designed by Patrice Aggs

Conference logo designed by Patrice Aggs

I went up to London yesterday, for a CWIG committee meeting, to hammer out the CWIG New Visions Conference in Bath on the 5th and 6th of September this year.

What is CWIG? You may well ask. It stands for Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Group,  a subsection of the Society of Authors. I’m currently sitting on the committee – for the second time in fact.

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We had quite a lot of possibilities to only best offers play with and past experience to play with – I’d been on the committee for two conferences before. Costs seem to spiral each year, so keeping the price down was an issue, as was trying to get a little something in for everyone.

The term children’s writer covers a multitude of genres and ages, from baby books to Young Adult – from fact books to joke books to picture books to chapter books to novels to study guides and text books.

Writer’s work in a bit of a bubble and can come to think that what they do, and the age group they write for, defines children’s writing.

We’d came up with a load of names that we thought would be great speakers and most of them, naturally, are busy or already booked. But I think we did a great job yesterday coming up with a mix of interesting, informative, entertaining and thought provoking sessions with a wonderful array of speakers.

If you are a children’s writer, or are interested in writing for children, make sure you have Bath – 5-6th September marked down in your diary!

More info to look there follow soon!

What to do when your child says they are bored

childdrawing“I’m bored, Mum!”

I don’t know what to do, Dad!”

Heard that before? There is one great answer to boredom – have pencils and paper at the ready and get your children drawing. Often you will only have to place the materials in front of try it them and they will be off, creating pictures and worlds of their own.

Otherwise be ready and prepared. Suggest a town scene with cars, shops and buses, or the seaside, jungle, zoo, space, what you did over the weekend, Granny’s new hip operation, battle scenes – (Don’t worry about boys drawing battles. It’s better to be drawing battles than be fighting them. They can work out all the consequences of war on a sheet of paper.)

Don’t worry that they draw the same doe-eyed pony or fluffy rabbit over and over again – they are learning priceless skills of persistence, hand-eye coordination and concentration. Eventually, when they are satisfied, they will move on as something new grabs their attention.

Drawing keeps children quiet. While they are drawing, they improve their drawing skills so next time they will draw a bit better, work at it a bit longer and achieve a little bit more.

When they come and show you their masterpiece, just say, “Wow! Tell me all about it!” Then the story will unfold, as they explain how the drawing came together.

If they are unhappy with what they have drawn, suggest doing it again and see if they can get it right next time – maybe stick some fresh paper over the mistake and redraw? They are learning editing skills too!

Writing is just complicated drawing. Drawing is great practice for writing skills, providing freedom of imagination, planning skills and the habit of starting at the beginning, finishing at the end and filling a lot of interesting stuff in-between.

Don’t worry about tracing either – It’s not about style or content, it’s all about putting in the hours of just try! practice manipulating a pencil – understanding the materials. Get them some grease proof paper and it's cool show them how to trace maps and symbols. If you don’t know how, there’s a helpful video below.

Make sure you have paper at hand. Don’t miss the moment. Get a good pencil sharpener – they do go blunt, you know, and may need  a new blade or even replacing altogether. Try to keep sellotape and glue sticks available and up to date. ( Glue sticks can be freshened up with a few drops of water overnight.) Staplers are great for making books, but you can sew them together too! Drawing materials are cheap and probably the best investment you can ever make in your children’s future.

Filling those hours with drawing will improve your child’s powers of imagination no end and in the high tech world they are growing up in, imagination is very good site going to be a premium skill.

They don’t have to grow up to be artists and you shouldn’t push them and dump great expectations on their shoulders – that is turning it into work – just let them have fun expressing themselves.

Drawing inevitably leads to writing and story making. Give your children pencils and paper and they won’t even know they are doing school work. It may not be on the curriculum, but drawing is probably the one thing that will significantly raise their school achievements over time.

How to Draw Thunderbird Three

Thunderbird-ThreeHere is a new video, showing you how to draw Thunderbird Three. I think this is the most stylish of all the Thunderbirds, but the least useful. It doesn’t do much really except go into space!

how to draw Thunderbird One

Thunderbird-OneI recorded the new Thunderbirds but I haven’t seen it yet. I will have to find time soon.
In the meantime, I’ve made a new video showing you how to draw Thunderbird One.