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Se7en’s Drawing a Day… The Project That Persists…

June 23rd, 2013 · 18 Comments

This has been such an interesting project for us… but let me go back to the beginning. We set ourselves the task of “A Drawing A Day” for the month of June. I had this idea of idly sitting around the kitchen table before dinner and everyone spending fifteen minutes, or so, drawing the item for the day on the list… working our way through it and hoping that we got into the habit of a little drawing a day. It was never intended to be a huge artistic undertaking, and it was never meant to become something that we had to achieve at all costs… Really the plan was to get into the habit of observing and drawing something everyday…

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If you click on the image it will take you to the original project post.

So we started with enthusiasm, fresh sketchbooks and comfortable pencils… and we were off… Day 1, Day 2… and we loved it… then we had a little bit of a fizzle, and I felt the troops thinking that this was going to be a whole lot harder than they anticipated. Yes it was!!! I never expected it to be so hard… how easily we are distracted away from the things, even the things we want to do. This very quickly had to become a priority.

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And just before dinner was actually a good time – when I start to run around and get everyone moving and rushing to get laundry folded and dinner ready. I have to say having a mini-break, just chilling and drawing with the kids helped me to refresh before tackling the end of the day!!! And it never made us late, just that little creative refresh seemed to be the motivation we needed to get the end of the day on the road.

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After a week or two, interest started to wain… it was just a drag to keep on trying to draw your best on a daily basis… even a short period of time each day felt like too much. But we kept at it and believe it or not we got through that. Once we had made it to half way, we were rewarded with colourful pencils… just for fun… but the lull continued and adding music was hard – no one could agree on what to play – their are eight opinions here!!! So music didn’t have the calming effect that I hoped for… but I am going to persist and find some music we all love…

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So I added a day of crayons and drawing from their heads to see if a little fun would change things up. I did realise that my kids didn’t draw with crayons a lot – in fact they are quite precious about them – “These are Crayola’s,” in hushed voices. They are a rare treat over here, in fact these ones were gifted us… so after that interlude I realise we need more practice with crayons. And the next day everyone was back to their comfortable pencils in their sketchbook!!!

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And just when I thought we would fizzle and stop we finally seem to be over the difficult part… where initially everyone took longer to find what they were drawing there is now a rush to find the “object of the day” so that we can spend longer on drawing. We have nearly made a whole month of drawing… in fact we seem to have got into the habit…

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And here is our gallery… Two pictures from each sketchbook…

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Honestly, I love how their sketchbooks have filled up… and I am really impressed that we have made it that far!!! I have a feeling that I may have to invent a lot of sketchbooks from now on!!!

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I think I will be inventing another project for the month of July… it really has worked for us and has been something fun for all of us to do together.

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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 aunty muffin // Jun 23, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Well done ! Especially impressed with hood 4 and 5′s progress!

  • 2 Lori // Jun 23, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    love this so much — what a great example of how to build a family habit!
    Lori´s last blog post ..Friday link round-up

  • 3 Katherine // Jun 23, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    This is really inspiring. And shows just how important perseverance is in creating the habits we want to have.
    Drawing, and writing a little each day are hanging there in my habits to form. The timing sounds like a good idea – meals being a time to be together and a regular point of the day.
    Katherine´s last blog post ..History teachers – a chronology

  • 4 Living dangerously - Frydmania // Jun 23, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    [...] the meantime, I read another post about a family all drawing together for a month. But somehow, a day or two before, I announced the drawing project to Junior Player – and [...]

  • 5 Kelly Pardee // Jun 23, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    We are having a lot of fun with the project!!!

  • 6 Tammy // Jun 23, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    You all ROCK! This is amazing and wonderful and happy all wrapped up in one. Congrats.
    Tammy´s last blog post ..Doodle Thoughts {a video}

  • 7 se7en // Jun 24, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Thank you Aunty Muffin, Honestly I am quite amazed at the improvement for all of us. especially with just fifteen minutes or so a day. A little bit every day really does make a huge difference!!! Hope you all have the most fabulous week!!!

  • 8 se7en // Jun 24, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Thank you Lori, It really has been a lot of fun and I think we may well established a way to find a little island of calm when things get hectic. Hope you have had a great weekend!!!

  • 9 se7en // Jun 24, 2013 at 1:28 am

    Ah Katherine!!! I think you made an important observation… food does indeed bring us all together, the great family gatherer!!! Somehow after we have eaten we all drift away quite quickly and we would have to clear the table to do our drawing… so before it is!!! Hope you have a good week!!!

  • 10 se7en // Jun 24, 2013 at 1:29 am

    Brilliant Kelly, It has really been great for us too – I can’t believe we are going to make it through to the end!!! Wishing you all the best!!!

  • 11 se7en // Jun 24, 2013 at 1:31 am

    Tammy, Thank-you… you have no idea how thrilled and honoured I am to get a comment fron you!!! Quite made my day, can’t thank you enough for stopping by!!! Hope you have a great week!!!

  • 12 creativejewishmom/sara // Jun 27, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday! We’re actually doing it too, not every day, but at least a few times a week, thanks so much for the inspiration!
    creativejewishmom/sara´s last blog post ..Giant Crocheted Doily Rug, Crocheted By The Sea……

  • 13 se7en // Jun 27, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Brilliant Sara, I am so glad that you joined in too!!! It has been a great project and my head is busrting with ideas for more just like it!!! Hope you have a great week!!!

  • 14 Dianne // Jun 28, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    This is a terrific project! Got a link to you from Tammy at Daisy Yellow, and just love your family’s drawings!
    Dianne´s last blog post ..Science Collages on Index Cards~ 2013

  • 15 Se7en's Fabulous Friday Fun #177 - se7en // Jun 29, 2013 at 10:12 am

    [...] we have so loved the drawing a day project… and it is almost over… what next, what next!!! I really want to carry on drawing… and we will, [...]

  • 16 se7en // Jun 29, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Dianne, Thank you so much for commenting!!! You have no idea how happy I am that you found us on Daisy Yellow!!! We so enjoyed this project and I look forward to doing many are many more projects like it, it was a clear winner with my kids!!! Hope you have a fabulous weekend!!!

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