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Drawing With Children: A Creative Method for Adult Beginners, Too Paperback – June 4, 1996

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: J P Tarcher; Rev Sub edition (June 4, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874778271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874778274
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I don't understand why some reviewers felt that this does not teach you how to draw. If you're looking for a book with a bunch of patterns to follow to draw specific subjects, then this book isn't for you. It is NOT a book to give to your child and say "Here's an art book for you." It is written for adults who will be working with children...or who want to learn how to draw themselves.

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...
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I decided to teach my children art (ages 5 & 7) during their X-mas break. This book served as the curriculum. It was excellent. I xeroxed the exercises (as instructed in the book), my kids were focused during the lessons. After a total of 6 hours of instruction... they are very good drawers. They have developed their spatial awareness, which was my aim. "Drawing with Children" and its 8 basic shapes methodology is excellent for anyone who wants to teach or learn art in a school or home environment. Especially if the teacher is not a practicing artist.
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Woo-hoo! "Drawing With Children" is back!
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.
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I am 33 years old and have absolutely no artistic ability - or so I thought. I've always been interested in learning how to draw, but no matter what books I consulted, I still couldn't get it. The techniques presented there assumed you already knew some basics, but I didn't. My mother even told me that drawing is inherited, and since there is nobody in my family who draws, I felt I had no chance.
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.
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I am a homeschooling parent of a seven year old. We both have natural drawing talent and love of art. I was looking for a book to use to provide her more formal art instruction. While this book does provide this, you have to filter though a LOT of other 'theory and idea' material before getting to an actual lesson. The entire book includes only 5 lessons, but enough material in each lesson to cover three times that many *actual* lessons. In other words, one lesson can't be covered in one sitting with a young child but it will be your job to divide up the information to organize the 2-4 lessons needed to get through each lesson. This is not obvious from the table of contents, but quickly realized by the way the information runs all together. While I didn't expect a 'throw the book at your child and say here draw something' like some reviewers suggest, I did expect more of a workbook designed for implementing lessons, than a study of her theory.

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.
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