Drawing with Children Paperback – Jun 4 1996
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Brookes is an internationally acclaimed art educator and founder of the Monart Drawing Schools.
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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.
This book gives you the tools to teach your kids how to draw even (especially!) if you aren't an artist yourself. The author is also very generous in allowing unlimited photocopying of the exercises to elementary teachers which I think shows she genuinely cares about helping children learn. My only regret is that there is no Monart school nearby!
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Very interesting book. Teaches the basics of how of drawing. I would recommend it for a "must have" book for parents . JunePublished 2 months ago by June S.
Excellent book. I used this book when it was first published. Bought it for a friendPublished 2 months ago by Lina Barattin
A good book but it will take time to read and figure out how to teach it to kids.Published 11 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 14 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 14 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