In Classical Conversations we spend the first six weeks of the year learning the “OiLS” method of drawing taught in Mona Brookes’ book “Drawing With Children.” OiLS stands for circles (O), dots (dot of the i), straight lines (line of the i), angled lines (L), and curved lines (S). The children learn to see these elements in many different pieces of art and drawing.
These same elements are also used in the meditative drawing technique of Zentangles. We do doodles/tangles in our house almost every day as a way to focus our minds and exercise fine motor muscles (sample day here).
Combine OiLS drawing method with other drawing techniques, including Zentangles.
Lately we’ve been combining our doodles with regular drawing exercises (from 20 Ways to Draw… books). For younger children (or those with less drawing experience), you could print a picture off the internet and have them fill in the spaces with doodles. The pictures on this page took a week or two to complete, working 5-10 minutes each day.
For older children (or those more advanced in drawing), use doodles as accents and/or shading for 3-dimensional drawings. Results would be similar to the techniques of hatching, cross-hatching, and stippling.