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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
I ended up returning this. As a first time homeschool mama I wanted something that encouraged my kids to draw with our any inhibition. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Bree
This book is awesome. It brought so much encouragement and joy to my five year old, as well as to myself :-) Thank you!Published 19 days ago by bfrank336
I ordered this book to go with my homeschool curriculum (it was recommended) and we used it for maybe a week and haven't used it for the rest of the school year... Read morePublished 1 month ago by naomi ou
I ordered this book to teach my child. I can draw well and I never needed any kind of instruction as a child but my child has trouble drawing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by jmc
Very thorough. Maybe great for an art teacher but I was a bit overwhelmed by it to use it for home school. I decided to return it.Published 2 months ago by Joy
My nephew loves this book. He began drawing the minute it arrived. Very inspiring for young artists, and those who are beginning of any age.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer