4 Free Virtual Drawing Classes Hosted by Your Kids' Favorite Authors and Illustrators
Among some of the best indoor activities for kids are drawing and coloring. Filling in a coloring book is completely soothing and can relax your kids (and you!), but there's something about drawing your own creations that feels empowering and gets the creative juices flowing. To help kids get in touch with their artistic sides while staying at home, various children's book authors and illustrators like Dav Pilkey and Mo Willems have been offering free virtual drawing classes.
Keep scrolling to see where you can find these virtual classes for your kids to ensure that they're getting in some art lessons while learning from home.
Rob Biddulph's #DrawWithRob Series
Rob Biddulph — a bestselling children's author and illustrator of books like Odd Dog Out and Blown Away — has created #DrawWithRob, a series of twice-weekly draw-along videos for kids. In the above video, your kids can learn how to draw Sonic the Hedgehog, or you can click through the entire playlist of Rob's drawing classes on YouTube to find the drawing your child wants to do.
"How 2 Draw" With Dav Pilkey
Dav Pilkey, the author and illustrator behind both the Dog Man and Captain Underpants book series, hosted virtual drawing classes through The Library of Congress earlier this year. In the above video, learn to draw one of Dav's characters, Petey, and see all of his other virtual drawing videos and activities on the Scholastic website.
LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems!
The Kennedy Center's artist-in-residence and children's book author and illustrator of books like Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Mo Willems, hosted 15 episodes of a drawing series called "Lunch Doodles." In the videos, Mo chats with kids while he doodles and gives tips on writing and making. "You might be isolated, but you're not alone," Mo wrote on The Kennedy Center's website. "You are an art maker. Let's make some together."
Watch the first video in the series above and see all of his doodling videos on The Kennedy Center's YouTube page.
Jarrett J. Krosoczka's "Draw Every Day with JJK" Series
Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author and illustrator of books like Lunch Lady and Jedi Academy, has hosted a ton of drawing classes for kids on his YouTube channel. Watch the first video of his series above, and check out all of the drawing videos he's posted so far over on his channel.