January 18, 2013
Transfer Technique for Map Drawing
Anyhoo, while enthusiasm was high, it seemed like the time to start bringing art and geography and history together with some notebooking and map drawing. We tried free-handing maps of the island of Hispaniola, but that was less that impressive. So after lunch I decided that I'd spend our art time teaching the kids how to make transfers and we'd make a killer map with our new skill.
Here's how ya do it:
4. Carefully trace over all of the lines that you want transferred with a pencil or pen, pressing a little harder than you normally would for standard writing.
5. Once you've traced everything you want transferred, lift up the original print and check out your awesome outline!
Once we had our nice outlines, the kids went back in and colored over rivers and lakes with blue, lightly filled in around the edges with a lighter green, the middle with a darker green, and worked on blending the two. And then they added a little haze of blue around the edges to indicate water.
We made notes around the map and drew national boundaries and occupying countries and such. They turned out quite nicely.
The kids thought the transfer process was a bit tedious, but when they gazed at their end product, they felt quite proud of themselves! These turned out so great that I'm pretty sure they will now be a regular addition to our history studies.
Alright! We're off to science club! Happy Friday!