Drawing with Children Paperback – Jun 4 1996
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In order to develop yourself as an artist and be able to teach others, you need to consider your feelings about your own drawing and your opinions about drawing in general. Read the first page
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I have used these guidelines in introducing both children and adults to the wonderful world of drawing, which Ms. Brookes clearly shows is available to virtually anyone who wants to learn--not only to those who already have "talent." I especially appreciate her pre-drawn warm-up exercises, and her chart of the five basic line/shape elements that are used in all drawing. Permission is given to photocopy these pages directly from the book; alternatively, one may reproduce them by hand (they're very simple) and then copy the hand-drawn versions.
Some three- and four-year-olds might be able to do the exercises and projects shown here; in fact, Ms. Brookes has samples of work from children as young as this. For teaching school age youngsters and up, however, it is definitely a good choice as a resource. It also works great with adults, who are sometimes more nervous and embarrassed about making mistakes and being laughed at than children. I particularly enjoy seeing adults who decided years ago that they just can't draw, producing lovely works of art after having just a few simple lessons right from "Drawing with Children."
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.
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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A good book but it will take time to read and figure out how to teach it to kids.Published 5 months ago by Butterfly59
I have used this book with children aged 4 - 12. It is mostly a textbook to help the teacher teach drawing. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Satisfied Customer
I bought this book to because my daughter loves to draw. What I didn't expect was how much it would change my own understanding and perceptions of art. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Julietta Mcgovern
can't wait to try it out, why shouldn't we 'teach' art? will try this at home with my son, as in middle school you have to choose between playing an instrument or art/drama and he... Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2014 by Mandy Smith
I have been reading this book and using the ideas as I teach. He book is excellent and user friendly. It is encouraging even for those who have little experience in drawing. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2013 by David Champion
This is the instruction book to buy if you are an artist who wants to refresh your way of seeing things; if you are an instructor who needs to introduce children to drawing; if you... Read morePublished on April 6 2000 by Ethel M. Powers