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Art for Kids: Drawing: The Only Drawing Book You'll Ever Need to Be the Artist You've Always Wanted to Be Hardcover – May 1, 2005

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Grade 4-7–This first-class introduction to essential drawing techniques builds from the starting points of lines and simple shapes. Typically, books for this audience present step-by-step directions for rendering specific objects, animals, or people; with Temple's work, children can use the skills taught here to go beyond the examples and draw their own unique illustrations. The author limits the scope of the book to drawing with pencils. Eight concise chapters explore seeing with artist's eyes, line drawing, light and shadow, proportion and scale, perspective, drawing faces, drawing bodies, and using imagination. The succinct text reads smoothly and is written in a clear, understandable style. Sample sketches and crisp, color photographs extend the text and often serve as the basis for many purposeful exercises. These illustrations are precisely placed with the appropriate corresponding text and are enhanced by supplementary details that have been highlighted with sweeps of color. Librarians looking for materials that focus more on the process of drawing than on the product will find this refreshing selection to be a useful resource for budding artists.–Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH
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Gr. 5-8. This entry in the Art for Kids series offers an excellent introduction to the tools and techniques of drawing. Professional artist Temple's clear, encouraging text starts with the reminders that drawing begins with careful observation and that children, as well as adults, can be serious artists. The first chapter covers basic drawing materials, advice for observing details and shapes, and information on the differences of seeing with the right and left sides of the brain--a rare topic in an art guide for young people. Subsequent chapters discuss line, light, shadow, proportion, perspective, and human bodies and faces. Temple's accomplished drawings appear on nearly every cleanly designed page, and each section includes numerous exercises for practicing the accessible, well-presented techniques. She concludes with a chapter that encourages young artists to apply their new skills to wildly imagined scenes of their own. Comprehensive and written in clear language that never condescends to its young audience, this thoughtful guide contains plenty of information that will also be useful to older students (and adults) able to overlook the cover image of a middle-grade boy. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: IG920L (What's this?)
  • Series: Art for Kids
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579905870
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579905873
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Christina E. Butler on January 11, 2007
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I got this book at the library for my 10 year old daughter to see if she would like if before purchasing it. She is talented and comes from artists on her father's side, but had a bad experience with her first Art teacher in a school setting. I was looking for something to spark her confidence and keep her interest high in at least independant and self explorative instruction for now.

She loved the book immediately. Because she had some formal class instruction this year she was able to recognize some of the exercises that she was required to do in class, so that background exposure helped her "get" this book right away. This is a great fundementals darwing book for kids, but it is an exersice with a you can do it attitude book which is what I wanted for my daughter at this time. Something she could read for herself, interpret for herself and try her own way and see what she gets without someone else trying to shape her ideas for her.

The book's attractively layed out for my 10 year old, but I think she will work with this slowly here and there at her own pace, and probably come back to it even more when she's older too. there are some drawing projects but they are not as extensive as the fundimental practices area.

For this reason I also bought her Lee Hammond's series on drawing life like animals for more go right to it and start drawing projects. She is spending more time with that now and I expect as she gets more and more into drawing she'll come back and forth to the therory and the practical fun stuff.

For a child who just wants to draw cool looking picts fast, you might be better off with the lee Ames draw 50 series. My 8 year old son loves these draw or trace books as what he produces looks great with no theory just draw.
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If you are an adult who never learned fundamentals of drawing, this book is great. It demystifies shading and perspective, in a way that no other book or instructor has been able to get through to me. The exercises are basic and easy to practice, with an economy of words. This book is also perfect for children.
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I'm a high school art teacher and I recently saw this book at the local library. I'll soon be ordering it as a resource for my classroom because it's got a lot of good, basic information and an easy-to-understand format that's very similar to the way I introduce drawing techniques to my Art 1 students. I'm impressed!
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We purchased this book for our 7-year old daughter. The book is written and illustrated in a manner that she was able to open the book, read it and go by the illustrations by herself. She has been using this book almost daily since Christmas.
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My 11-year old son loves to draw. His skills are self taught, and he has checked out MANY books from the library over the years. He recently checked out this book and declared it one of the best he'd ever seen. (I bought it from Amazon for a Christmas present.) Even though he already understands shading, perspective, etc., he thought this book helped him improve even more. The book also has a lot on drawing people and faces, which can be very challenging.
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I ordered this book for my 8 year old grandson who loves to draw. The title said this book was for kids, and showed pictures of children around his age on the cover and back cover.
When the book arrived I was totally dissapointed. It would be hard for an adult to use this book let alone a child, at least in my opinion. I think it is way too advanced for kids. I thought the techniques would be more basic, and easier for children to follow.
This book might be good for pre-teens or teens who have lots of artistic talent in them already, but for the average child who just likes to have fun drawing I thought it was way too advanced.
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This book is excellent for the beginning art teacher and drawing student. I am basing a lot of my curriculum on ideas inspired by this book in my upcoming school year. It takes your thoroughly through each step/stage of learning to draw so that anyone can master it! Great illustrations and ideas are perfectly fit onto each page, without annoying "materpieces" that you don't think possible. By the end, you will be drawing with the best of them-- and students will too!
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By P. Mescher on January 11, 2007
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I teach art classes and was thrilled with this book. It is well written and will have a special place in my library. I refer to it weekly.
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