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Drawing With Children: A Creative Method for Adult Beginners, Too Paperback – June 4, 1996
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What this book teaches is a universal *method* which you can apply to *anything* you try to draw - once you learn the method and principles, you can draw anything you set your mind to!
I got this book because I homeschool, and my daughter was showing signs of artistic ability at an early age - and I barely passed art class in school. I was lucky to get Cs or Bs for grades; I had no "natural" talent (and all my art teachers only seemed to have time for the talented students - the bright stars of the class, and the rest of us just floundered) I too grew up thinking that it was a natural talent, not a developed skill. I got this book because I didn't want my daughter's art progress to be hindered by my "lack of talent."
This book lit a fire within me and I thought - can I really draw too? I remember wishing I could draw - I had great things visualized in my mind but could never get them on paper - my drawings were worse than my three year old's!
Well, this book did NOT disappoint. I have seen amazing progress in my work and believe in myself now. I have made a beatiful pencil sketch of my husband and also one of Pierce Brosnan - as well as some landscapes and still life compositions. This book only delves into the basics - I got insights on shading from some artist friends of mine...Read more ›
As an elementary art instructor, I used Mona Brookes' "Drawing With Children" with great success. My students' drawings entered a new dimension when I began to use this mimetic method of art instruction to help them identify, and then draw, what we called "drawing Legos:" the little pieces that can be combined to make a whole object.
While this method may be viewed as limiting creativity, I believe that it offers an important, foundational tool for anyone who is learning to see things as an artist sees them. Just as a pianist must learn the scales before he can play Beethoven, I believe that it is only with such an artistic foundation in place that students are able to truly express what they are trying to communicate through their art.
As a university instructor training future art teachers, I am glad to be able to pass on this gem of a book to my students, who will train a new generation of children to see as the artist sees.
Then I found this book. The first thing you are supposed to do before any instruction is to draw a scene a house, person, tree, bushes, etc. My picture looked like a 4 year old drew it. Now less than one week into the book, I am on lesson 3 with 2 more to go, and I am astounded at my progress. It's simply night and day. I get so engrossed in my drawings now that 3 hours will go by in a flash. My husband is now starting the lessons because he's amazed at my drawings. Today I even started sketching my husband's face as he was eating. It took all of 5 minutes and it turned out beautifully, if I do say so myself. Plus, I hadn't yet started the lesson on drawing humans. I sketch everything in sight and just can't seem to get enough.
You may not need this book if if you already know how to draw and need more detailed instruction on technique, but definitely get this book if you need the basics of beginning drawing. You will not be disappointed. Drawing is not inherited, but developed. I am proof of that.
The author could have a much more useful book by simply organizing the material in sections by subject, rather than including a smattering of issues (fear/feelings, technique, supplies, warm up, examples, and lesson) under each 'lesson' heading. There are tons of subheadings under each lesson and it is difficult to organize the relevence to each to the actual lesson. For example, lesson 2 is at page 90 of the book! I had to dig for it just to see what exactly the lesson was, much less to get an idea how the author intends for the user to utilize it. The author really needs two books - one to cover her theory and a supplemental work/lesson book that shows how to provide instruction through actual lessons. It would be an easier read and follow, as well as, easier on the eyes to look at and brain to organize.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Don't love this book. Pretty boring. I ordered it to tutor a homeschool class for which it is suggested. Read morePublished 19 days ago by AuCab
Drawing With Children is a great book to use in children's classes-- Many good ideas. Children were very happy with their results.Published 20 days ago by Janet D. Schiesser
Really easy instructions. This book has convinced me that anyone willing to try can be a great artist. My daughter and I both made some big leaps with just the first few lessons.Published 1 month ago by CH
This is a great art program for kids. Or for any age for that matter. This will take you through the fundamentals of the line and patterns in nature. Read morePublished 2 months ago by T.M. Dasi
Very helpful and encouraging art lessons. This has really improved my children and my ability to draw. She breaks it down into easy to follow steps and provides lots of examples.Published 2 months ago by Pickle6