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Draw Write Now, Book 1-8 Paperback – Box set, June 1, 2001

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From the Publisher

Books 1 through 8 of the award-winning Draw Write Now series in a beautiful study box. A great addition to the home or classroom library! Developed by an elementary school teacher and co-authored by her daughter, the colorful lessons in this series combine beginning drawing instruction with writing exercises. Children can complete the lessons successfully on their own, but with additional writing instruction and interesting unit studies these books are far more than just drawing books.

From the Author

I wanted to simply sit beside my daughter and draw with her, as my mother had with me, but I lacked the tools to get started. My mother understood my frustration and began mailing a lesson to us each week with little notes and explanatory drawings. These letters, the first written instructions of her lessons, became the inspiration for the Draw Write Now series. -- Kim Stitzer
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Draw Write Now
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Barker Creek Pub; 1 edition (June 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963930796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963930798
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 8.7 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 14, 2002
Format: Paperback
Colored pencils and a pad of paper are all your children (ages about 7-12) will need to get started making fun recognizable drawings. Simple line art - in a "draw this line" ... "now add this curve" format will guide your child to succesful illustrations for school projects or just for enjoyment.
The format for each drawing also includes a simple (grade 1 or 2) story in 2-3 sentences about the drawing (hence the "Write" part of the title) which your child can include in his final drawing.
But the best part is the grouped topics which provide lots of examples of items to draw within a given subject area (artic region, deserts, farm animals, pilgrims, etc.) 2nd-3rd graders and up can combine various components parts to build fairly elaborate scenarios, and all the items in the drawing will be recognizable (no more, "Mmm, Johnny. Very nice. Please tell me about THIS part of your picture") and so the satisfaction level on the part of the child is high.
This is not a comprehensive drawing curriculum. It probably isn't going to be helpful for an artistically gifted child, but us average joes who want to make a horse look like a horse and not a dog, it's a great tool and will provide many hours of drawing enjoyment for a child who likes to work independently.
This multi-volume set includes all the titles, but each title is also available separately.
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This is a wonderful set of books. We are using it as a handwriting practice program (for 1st & 2nd grade) rather than a drawing program, but I'm sure it has applications both ways.

My children typically dread handwriting, but they really enjoy this format - learning to draw something recognizable and then copying the 3-4 informative sentences that are provided. Copying the drawings helps them with following step-by-step directions as well as fine motor control. They are justifiably proud of their sketches and often add other fanciful elements to their drawings.

And they take great care in their writing, even though they have to translate the writing into the D'Nealian format. In their old handwriting sessions, the writing would start neat and quickly deteriorate by the end of the page, but using this program, the writing is beautiful from beginning to end. It is almost as if they want their writing to look nice because they are so proud of their drawings.

We did buy special writing paper (top half of the page is blank for the drawing, and the bottom half has lines for writing) from a local teacher supply store, and I have also seen similar paper at Office Depot, although the qualify of the teacher supply store paper was considerably better.
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I am a teacher-librarian and I can't keep these drawing books on the shelves! I am always looking for drawing books and these are perfect for the primary and early elementary age group. The simple instructions and diagrams help the children to produce realistic drawings which are the starting point for a host of creative projects! I've noticed that the children are becoming more confident in their ability to draw and they are developing a LOVE of drawing. Tell me where to get more books like these!
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I really like these books. Nicely done and easy to follow. If you think you cannot draw a straight line, you will find the lessons eye opening! I use them for homeschooling. We use them not only for drawing & handwriting practice, but we also look up more information on what we're drawing and try to create a little unit study with it. I will say that all eight volumes stay pretty much at the same level. They just showcase different subjects. If you are looking for a drawing program that will progress, this probably isn't it. My older son mastered Draw Right Now pretty quickly and was eager to move on to something more detailed and challenging. He's now working out of Mark Kistler's books and loves them as well.
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This book set is engaging and fun for children. The books show pictures that were drawn by other children. Each lesson has an object or scene for drawing and writing. The lesson includes a picture which has about six to eight consecutive and detailed steps to help the child complete the picture. The child is encouraged to look at the whole picture and then focus on the simple and common shapes that are arranged together to complete the picture. There are teaching tips that are easy to implement. The writing portion of the book is suitable for younger, early elementary aged children, however the drawing portion of the book is suitable for older children as well as younger. It is easy to adapt the writing portion to meet the needs of the older child.
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I purchased the set of Draw Write Now books (1-8) for our homeschool. They are GREAT! They have great art instruction and hadwriting practice as well as facts and further reading options for the picture that is being drawn. They are an excellent addition to any science or history program or use them for art and hadwriting. My kids (ages 3, 5 and 7) pull these books off of the shelf all of the time!
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By T.Fojtasek on March 16, 2007
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This series is great! My kids absolutely love it. It can bring out the budding artist in all of us.
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These books have been invaluable in my classroom. However, they can be used in ANY situation to learn how to draw. Easy, non-threatening and FUN!
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