"The World Around Us" Week - Missy's Drawing Book

Hello everyone! My name is Missy Maxwell and I’m an artist. I grew up in Utah but moved to Olympia, Washington 10 years ago for college and stayed. When I’m not doing art, I love to explore the beautiful forests and beaches around my area.

Everyone can draw! It just takes practice. Drawing can be therapeutic and sometimes you can get lost in your art for hours, similar to reading an adventure book. Last Christmas, I created this drawing book as a gift for my 3-10 year old nephews and nieces.

Missy's Drawing Book

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  1. Start with Page 1 of Missy’s Drawing Book. This page has Shapes And Lines that will be used throughout the book. Practice drawing each shape and line, using a pencil or pen, until you are comfortable with them all.
  2. Move on to any other page you would like. Follow the page left to right, top to bottom. Draw the first line or shape. Look to the right and see what the difference is between the first and second image. Add that difference, whether it be a line or a shape, to your drawing on your paper. Keep moving along in this way until you come to the last image.
  3. Now you’re done with your drawing and you can color it with crayons or markers.
  4. Choose a new page and repeat the steps.
  5. Have fun!


Now, I’m sure you have learned that you can draw all sorts of things and it makes it much easier if you break them down into simple lines and shapes. Try drawing something around you. It becomes much easier if you identify the lines and the shapes before you start drawing. Keep practicing!

When you're ready to take your line drawings to the next level, check out this video from PBS Learning Media for inspiration!