Don't Let the Pigeon Do Guided Drawing!!!!

Last week at the International Reading Association Conference, I  had the wonderful privilege and pleasure of hearing Mo Willems speak, since he was the keynote speaker for the last general session of the conference on Monday morning.




In case you are not familiar with his work, Mo Willems is the author of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!  He also writes the “Elephant and Piggie” books, such as We Are In A Book, and There Is A Bird On Your Head!  I had no idea that he was such a funny guy, but I guess I should have known!  His speech was a string of great one-liners that kept all of the teachers literally in stitches!


 
This is Mo Willems as he taught us how to draw his famous Pigeon.

At the end of his speech, this what he said to everyone in the room, “I invite you to infringe on my copyright.  PLEASE teach your students to draw the characters from my books!”  And then he taught us all to draw his famous pigeon.

 
This is the pigeon that I drew, under Mo’s direction!  LOL!

Mo told us that he had only JUST flown in from Paris, France.  His presentation lasted about thirty minutes or so, and I enjoyed every minute of it!  It was definitely the highlight of my weekend!  And then after that, everyone was lined up for a looooooooong way to purchase a signed book.  Now wouldn’t you LOVE to have a job like that?  I can only dream of such things!


 
Mo Willems gave us all a “Kodak Moment” and peeked out from behind his easel!


After hearing him speak, I just couldn’t wait to try out his guided drawing lesson of the pigeon with my students!  I had to figure out how to draw his elephant and piggie on my own.  But YOU can download my instructions FREE for the pigeon, piggie, and the elephant! 

Pigeon – Guided Drawing Download is here
Piggie – Guided Drawing Download is here
Elephant – Guided Drawing Download is here




To get ready, I read the children several of his books during the week I after I got back, and showed them a picture of Mo Willems that I took with my camera at the conference.  They love his books, so that was no problem at all!  As usual, there were several requests for me to “re-read” the books again and again.




After that, I passed out our class set of clipboards and the black markers that we use for guided drawing, and off we went!  First, I taught them to draw his famous pigeon just as Mo taught us in his presentation.




Then I found a page with a picture of his “Piggie” character in it in his book called, We Are In A Book! that I thought might be easy enough for us to draw.  I broke it down into very small steps and led the children through it one step at a time, as usual.  It’s amazing what children can do when you explain it to them in terms that they can understand!



I hope that you enjoy these lessons!  There are LOTS more free guided drawing lessons on my blog!  Just use the “Search This Blog” box to find more, or look for more on my Guided Drawing page on Pinterest!








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Comments

Linda said…
What a treat to get to meet Mo Willems! My kiddos love the Pigeon books. Our art teacher does a lot with them including guided drawing and it is a highlight for every grade level! Thanks so much for sharing this, Heidi!
Linda
AroundtheKampfire

Linda said…
What a treat to get to meet Mo Willems! My kiddos love the Pigeon books. Our art teacher does a lot with them including guided drawing and it is a highlight for every grade level! Thanks so much for sharing this, Heidi!
Linda
AroundtheKampfire
Anonymous said…
We LOVE Mo Williams and his books! And we LOVE guided drawing! THANK YOU so much for these!!!
Heidi, this is a great resource. Your enthusiasm for the author shines through in every sentence. And the drawings your students did are wonderful. Definitely will be passing this on!
Glindathgd said…
Lucky you to hear Mo Willems speak! He actually started out writing for Sesame Street. His books are my class' favorites!! Thanks so much for these freebies! My students and I will love using these!
Glindathgd said…
Lucky you to get to hear Mo Willems speak! We read a Pigeon or Piggie book everyday! Thanks so much for the guided drawing lessons. My students and I will love using these!
beth said…
We love your guided drawing lessons!!! They are a huge hit in my classroom!!!! We are doing the pigeon for sure, he is so funny!!!!
Anonymous said…
I got to hear him last spring the day Duckling Gets a Cookie came out. He is so hilarious! I was the 3rd person in the book signing line, are you jealous? Thanks for the guided drawing activity. I never could master Elephant

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