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Drawing With Children: A Creative Method for Adult Beginners, Too Paperback – June 4, 1996
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About the Author
Mona Brookes is an internationally acclaimed art educator who has been a consultant to schools and museums worldwide. She is the founder of the Monart Drawing Schools with 20 branches, including in Los Angeles, San Diego, the San Francisco Bay Area, Denver, St. Louis, and Detroit. Her first book, Drawing with Children, has sold over 250,000 copies.
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I know there are TONS of books, youTube tutorials, and websites out there that can teach you to draw. It's kind of overwhelming. After I saw this book referenced four or five places I decided to give it a try. I wish I had bought it years ago when I first heard about it! What I like best about it is that it teaches a method for "seeing" that you can apply to ALL types of drawing. It's not just going to teach you specific steps for drawing an elephant/house/whatever. It's teaching you a process, step by step and block on block, by which you can draw anything you see.
The first 50 pages are an intro of sorts covering what you need to know before you get started - thoughts behind the method, how to choose which level to teach to (each chapter has advice for different levels of instruction), supplies, how to set up a art space, and some info on what you should expect to see as skills progress/develop. The book then has 5 lessons with lots of great sketches to help you out/illustrate the principles. It's pretty amazing to me how far Mona's "Monart" method can take you in just 200 pages of notes. My kids and I are going to use this for art this fall and I'm very excited to get started with it!
I plan to also buy Mona's book Drawing for Older Children and Teens. Two thumbs up for a great author/artist, I'm so glad she wrote this book!
The lessons are pretty involved and you definitely want to read through the lesson in advance. (The first time I made the mistake of pulling it out on a whim, and there was a lot of down time as I read and processed and then explained to her).
Great thing to do TOGETHER. I get out my sheet of paper and as I am walking through the steps I demonstrate. You don't have to be a master artist to do this. The book seriously walks you line by line through the drawings.
There is a lot of background theory of teaching methods in the beginning. And some warm up exercises. I recommend reading all this first and your first lesson and gathering all your materials before presenting it to your child.
But, this book is a goldmine. And by that I mean you have to to dig. And dig. And dig. I think if you're a linear thinker, this book will be tough for you. But the idea of 5 elements making up everything you draw is quite good and well worth the mental exhaustion that is this book.
If you are wanting to publicly teach her methods using her name, she does require you attend a workshop hosted by her at Berkley (I spoke with her on the phone, and she was very friendly, she will speak with anyone interested in her workshops).