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Drawing: For the Artistically Undiscovered (Klutz) Spiral-bound – March 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: Klutz
  • Spiral-bound: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Klutz; Book and Access edition (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570543208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570543203
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 9.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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Children's imaginations will soar with this sketchbook of inspirational artwork, gentle suggestions, practical advice, and lots of white space for the aspiring artist's use. Quality materials include a sketch pen and two watercolor pencils, one red, one black. Age not specified, but this would be appropriate for anyone over 7. A 1999 Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner. (Ruth B. Roufberg, Parents' Choice®) -- From Parents' Choice®

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Winner of the Parents' Choice Gold Award, Bologna Ragazzi Award: Introducing Art to Children, Honorable Mention, Canadian Toy Testing Council Three Stars Award, National Parenting Publications Gold Award, Not Just For Children Anymore! (selected by the Children's Book Council), Parents' Guide Children's Media Award, Recommended by the National Association for Gifted Children, Selected as Outstanding by Parent Council

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It's very funny and original and just plain fun.
M. Grant
This a wonderfully constucted (board covers and spiral bound) book that comes with pencils.
T. Reinhardt
I found this book at a used book store and had so much fun with it.
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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 17, 1999
Format: Spiral-bound
It is certainly refreshing to have a book live up to its promise, but this book, like all Klutz books, is worth every dollar. Having worked through about half the book currently, I am already enjoying drawing, sketching, and just plain doodling with more enthusiasm than when I was a kid! Certainly a great idea for geniune children and the young at heart as well.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By T. Reinhardt on December 19, 2003
Format: Spiral-bound
This a wonderfully constucted (board covers and spiral bound) book that comes with pencils. The book is about drawing and meant to be drawn upon...what a combo!
There is instuction in the book but it's subtle and never says *a sky should look like this and a dog like this*. It's more about the joy of drawing and just getting started than it is about how to draw anything in a line by line way. A great thing for kids as they get to develope their own style.
That isn't to say there aren't lessons to be learned (perspective, shading, faces...showing movement, etc) The book is set up with small amounts of text and drawings (almost doodles) on the pages with the expectation that you will draw your own designs on the blank spaces. One thing I just love is that the pictures they included as examples are very sketchy and loose... simple and quickly drawn. Nothing that anyone would look at and say "I could never do that!" about. I think that is wonderful. I have seen too many how to draw books where the results look nothing short of professional and when I buy them for my son he just looks at them and thinks he could never duplicate the result. Its intimidating and he won't even try.
with this book... The examples, looking more like doodles, are very inviting and non-threatening. Almost inviting you to add your own. Perfect!
The text is helpful and humorous. Some pages there is very little and others...there is more but it's all friendly and conversational. This is a real winner!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By yarden on February 25, 2001
Format: Spiral-bound
This book is an encouraging work by quirky illustrator Quentin Blake. The reader is encouraged to try drawing, and to enjoy what comes out of the pencil/pen! Blake's writing is as humorous as his drawings, and not disappointingly, his drawings linger near the edges of each page beckoning you to draw companions for them.
I would recommend this book to anyone too embarrassed about her stick figures to ever draw one in public, but who secretly cherishes a desire to doodle with style.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jenn on September 28, 2000
Format: Spiral-bound
This book is so cute! It allows you to draw, and you don't give up hope because your drawings don't match that of the pictures. The drawings are simple, and good for both the young and old just beginning to draw.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Grandma Pat on February 18, 2003
Format: Spiral-bound
Bought for my 7 year old Grandaughter who's the only one in the family that is not artistically challanged. She has spent hours reading and using the ideas in the book. Improved her confidence 100%. Would recommend to all for child who really wants to draw but doesn't understand you don't have to end up with a picture like a photograph.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15, 2003
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This is a wonderful book on drawing, and I would recommend it to anyone whose age ranges between 10 and 100.The author gives plenty of ideas for those who are shy at first, but they are written with a small types so if you don't need help you are not forced to have it , and the instructions are very clear and easy to follow.
However I would not give it to yopung children for two reasons. Reason number one is that children younger than ten express themselves through drawing. The way they draw a tree, for example, tells us a lot about their personality. No instruction should be given before age 8. Reason number two is the instructions are a bit difficult for kids up to third grade.
I suggest teacher should use this book as an art connection inside a Roald Dahl author study.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Homeschool Mom on January 11, 2011
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I'm a former commercial artist & I think this book is great. I really wish my mom had given me a book like this when I was a kid. It's fun & very inspirational for a budding artist. Gives easy step by steps and has a way of making whatever the kids draw look great. Unfortunately my kids don't draw, not even a little bit (I've thrown away stacks of coloring books with only connect the dots done, in pencil). I was hoping this would inspire them, but I don't think it's possible.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Baldeon on October 1, 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
I just bought this book last night because it looked very beautiful and interesting. I love Quentin Blake's style and made no mistake in buying it. It's a lot of fun to own, read and work on, I can't keep my hands off it!

Drawing can be frustrating but this book, although encouraging, also shows how relaxed and and joyful it can be, never making it tedious. If my nieces were old enough, I'd buy one for each. Can't wait to be done with it so I can move to some of other KLUTZ' works.
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