Here is where I admit that art is not a subject we do each year systematically. I have used art curriculum in the past (Artistic Pursuits), plus we have done occasional informal co-op classes with a friend who is very artistic, on top of the usual casual arts and crafts kids produce.
As it is summer and we are actually taking off this year for the most part, I decided to focus a bit more on art before the start of the core subjects again in September. After thinking, I didn't want to go back to Artistic Pursuits, though we did enjoy it. I decided to try Art Through Children's Literature: Creative Art Lessons for Caldecott Books
We did the first lesson today, which used pencil, paper and a library copy of Abraham Lincoln (Bicentennial Edition) Each child then tried to replicate the lesson, which was creating a log cabin with shading to attempt to show dimensionality. It wasn't the greatest success, but they tried and had fun. :)
Zach had lots of detail but skipped the shading entirely. Oh well, he enjoyed doing it and produced something.
Lily's attempt was interesting in her shading attempts but she also had a good time, and they are looking forward to tomorrow's book and lesson.