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"Kid" Drawing Transformations with Procreate

Updated: Jan 22, 2023

Blue, 2020, Kristina Brown

Background Information: This lesson can be adapted for any art medium. I created this lesson for my Art III Advanced Graphic Design class. My students used iPads and the app Procreate. I show a series of works by other artists linked below as well as my own transformations inspired by my daughter's drawings. Students were given the option to choose from a variety of my daughter's drawings, drawings from a younger sibling/family member, or even a drawing they created when they were younger.

Learning Objectives:

  • The student will use the elements and principles of art to transform basic lines and shapes to realistic forms.

  • The student will transform a basic "kid drawing" of line and shape into a "realistic" rendering by adding value, texture, and space.

  • The student will investigate how the elements and principles of art work in unison with one another.

Anchor Standards:

  • Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.

  • Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.

  • Anchor Standard 3: Refine and complete artistic work.

Essential Questions:

  • What conditions, attitudes, and behaviors support creativity and innovative thinking?

  • What factors prevent or encourage people to take creative risks?

  • How does collaboration expand the creative process?

  • How do artists work?

  • How do artists and designers determine whether a particular direction in their work is effective?

  • How do artists and designers learn from trial and error?

Enduring Understanding(s):

  • Creativity and innovative thinking are essential life skills that can be developed

  • Artists and designers experiment with forms, structures, materials, concepts, media, and art-making approaches

  • Artist and designers develop excellence through practice and constructive critique, reflecting on, revising, and refining work over time.


  • Beginning drawing students are instructed to create three separate characters from given kid drawings

  • Intermediate or Advanced drawing students are encouraged to create a background and environment of 1-2 characters from given kid drawings

Project Duration (1-2 Weeks):

  • Introduction. Brainstorm and Research: 1-2 Days

  • Project Time: 4-5 Days

  • Reflection and Critique: 1 Day

Reflection Questions:

  • Why did you select the original reference drawing?

  • What elements of art were present in the original drawing?

  • What elements and principles of art did you add to your original drawing?

  • What challenges did you face when creating your final characters and/or environment?

  • What did you find successful about your final creations?

  • if you could change anything about the project, what would you change?

Lesson Adaptations or Other Ideas:

  • Reverting a complex or realistic drawing into basic forms

  • Using elementary student drawings from the same district for secondary students to transform and deliver to the original artists

  • Use the same reference or kid drawing for all students to complete in their own style

Belly Button Monster, 2020, Kristina Brown

Belly Button Monster with Full Environment

Additional Characters from my Daughter's Drawings

Thundee and Punga, 2020, Kristina Brown


Student Examples:


Happy Transforming!


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