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Drawing with Children - Mona Brookes

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Item #: 003756
ISBN: 9780874778274
Grades: 1-8
Author: Mona Brookes

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Publisher:Tarcher
Binding: Trade Paper
Pages: 304
Dimensions: 7.5 x 9 x .85 in.; 1.432 lbs.
Edition: 10, Annual; Anniversary; Expanded; Revised, illustrated
Language: English
Audience: General Adult
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This is a refreshing non-threatening introduction to drawing Although written for anyone who would like to teach drawing to children--whether accomplished artist or complete novice--this book is also suitable for the adult or teenage beginner It is geared toward classroom use but can be easily adapted to the homeschool or co-op setting Ms Brookes opens with "Preliminaries " a section which includes a helpful chapter on how to use the book and permission to duplicate materials for classroom use--important if you wish to use it in a co-op setting as I did A whole chapter is dedicated to the topic "Before You Draw " addressing such issues as lack of confidence in one's ability as well as debunking common myths or excuses for not drawing The following chapters deal with arranging a conducive work space shopping for supplies creating a supportive learning atmosphere and choosing the appropriate starting level at which to begin Then it's on to the Lessons which comprise the heart of the book There are 5 actual lessons each of which includes 3 separate levels of instruction for different ages/abilities making it quite adaptable to a homeschool family's needs After each lesson it is suggested that students do their "own" drawing projects similar to the lesson just completed for additional practice The book concludes with a chapter each on using art with special needs children and on using drawing to teach other subjects--a very appealing idea!After having used this book both at home and with our local co-op I found that it had both strengths and weaknesses I absolutely loved the way it taught my students to "see" things as if for the first time and the author's method certainly revolutionized their "I-just-can't-draw" attitudes Over the course of a semester I saw amazing changes in my students' drawings and at co-op I know several parents were likewise amazed at what their kids could actually do! It's quite a shock to see a metamorphosis from drawing stick figures to fairly impressive realistic drawings in just a semester! Even those children whose drawing did not progress as quickly however enjoyed the positive teaching style and benefited greatly Children taught in this way will very likely "turn on" to art and gain confidence in their abilities On the down side since it contains only 5 lessons Drawing with Children requires a great deal of the teacher or self-teaching student and preparation is a must It is not a complete "grab-and-go" curriculum You will have to come up with many additional practice projects which can be time-consuming if you're doing it for a class Also if used in a co-op setting it will require substantial photocopying so that each student has a "model" to look at Having said this I don't hesitate to recommend this book Its results speak for themselves and those willing to put forth the effort will be well rewarded!
June 25, 2008
I'm a homeschooling mom and participate in a co-op as well I was asked to teach art and drawing to my daughter and her 1st grade group Although I have a huge appreciation for art and drawing I never considered myself someone who could draw After much research I kept coming back to this book I didn't need to see myself as an artist to teach it The warm-ups and vocabulary were just as easy for me to understand and it was the 1st graders I was teaching We were all successful Highly recommend
September 6, 2012
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Toni F on Sep 5, 2017
Recommended by My Fathers World. Their Grade 1 curriculum is so impressive I decided to start with it for Kindergarten. It focuses on proverbs a lot and has an amazing Bible Reader and Bible verse copying while drawing a picture. I am not good at explaining how to draw. This should help. We also like to sketch from time to time and this book should foster that.
Gina R on Jun 10, 2016
Rave reviews on TWTM forums.
Toni F on Sep 5, 2017
Recommended by our CC group.
Jackie W on Jun 18, 2016
Recommended by My Fathers World. Their Grade 1 curriculum is so impressive I decided to start with it for Kindergarten. It focuses on proverbs a lot and has an amazing Bible Reader and Bible verse copying while drawing a picture. I am not good at explaining how to draw. This should help. We also like to sketch from time to time and this book should foster that.
Gina R on Jun 10, 2016
Recommended by an art teacher.
Bruce F on May 19, 2016
I find we lack the time, resources and, frankly the desire on my kid's part, to seek outside art classes. So, I hope this book will be engaging and draw her in (no pun intended) to see that she CAN draw.
Cynthia S on Mar 11, 2016
great book for homeschool instruction in drawing!
Kerry S on Feb 15, 2016
Recommended by our CC group.
Jackie W on Jun 18, 2016
Recommended by an art teacher.
Bruce F on May 19, 2016
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    This is a refreshing non-threatening introduction to drawing Although written for anyone who would like to teach drawing to children--whether accomplished artist or complete novice--this book is also suitable for the adult or teenage beginner It is geared toward classroom use but can be easily adapted to the homeschool or co-op setting Ms Brookes opens with "Preliminaries " a section which includes a helpful chapter on how to use the book and permission to duplicate materials for classroom use--important if you wish to use it in a co-op setting as I did A whole chapter is dedicated to the topic "Before You Draw " addressing such issues as lack of confidence in one's ability as well as debunking common myths or excuses for not drawing The following chapters deal with arranging a conducive work space shopping for supplies creating a supportive learning atmosphere and choosing the appropriate starting level at which to begin Then it's on to the Lessons which comprise the heart of the book There are 5 actual lessons each of which includes 3 separate levels of instruction for different ages/abilities making it quite adaptable to a homeschool family's needs After each lesson it is suggested that students do their "own" drawing projects similar to the lesson just completed for additional practice The book concludes with a chapter each on using art with special needs children and on using drawing to teach other subjects--a very appealing idea!After having used this book both at home and with our local co-op I found that it had both strengths and weaknesses I absolutely loved the way it taught my students to "see" things as if for the first time and the author's method certainly revolutionized their "I-just-can't-draw" attitudes Over the course of a semester I saw amazing changes in my students' drawings and at co-op I know several parents were likewise amazed at what their kids could actually do! It's quite a shock to see a metamorphosis from drawing stick figures to fairly impressive realistic drawings in just a semester! Even those children whose drawing did not progress as quickly however enjoyed the positive teaching style and benefited greatly Children taught in this way will very likely "turn on" to art and gain confidence in their abilities On the down side since it contains only 5 lessons Drawing with Children requires a great deal of the teacher or self-teaching student and preparation is a must It is not a complete "grab-and-go" curriculum You will have to come up with many additional practice projects which can be time-consuming if you're doing it for a class Also if used in a co-op setting it will require substantial photocopying so that each student has a "model" to look at Having said this I don't hesitate to recommend this book Its results speak for themselves and those willing to put forth the effort will be well rewarded!
    June 25, 2008
    I'm a homeschooling mom and participate in a co-op as well I was asked to teach art and drawing to my daughter and her 1st grade group Although I have a huge appreciation for art and drawing I never considered myself someone who could draw After much research I kept coming back to this book I didn't need to see myself as an artist to teach it The warm-ups and vocabulary were just as easy for me to understand and it was the 1st graders I was teaching We were all successful Highly recommend
    September 6, 2012
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    Rave reviews on TWTM forums.
    Toni F on Sep 5, 2017
    Recommended by My Fathers World. Their Grade 1 curriculum is so impressive I decided to start with it for Kindergarten. It focuses on proverbs a lot and has an amazing Bible Reader and Bible verse copying while drawing a picture. I am not good at explaining how to draw. This should help. We also like to sketch from time to time and this book should foster that.
    Gina R on Jun 10, 2016
    Rave reviews on TWTM forums.
    Toni F on Sep 5, 2017
    Recommended by our CC group.
    Jackie W on Jun 18, 2016
    Recommended by My Fathers World. Their Grade 1 curriculum is so impressive I decided to start with it for Kindergarten. It focuses on proverbs a lot and has an amazing Bible Reader and Bible verse copying while drawing a picture. I am not good at explaining how to draw. This should help. We also like to sketch from time to time and this book should foster that.
    Gina R on Jun 10, 2016
    Recommended by an art teacher.
    Bruce F on May 19, 2016
    I find we lack the time, resources and, frankly the desire on my kid's part, to seek outside art classes. So, I hope this book will be engaging and draw her in (no pun intended) to see that she CAN draw.
    Cynthia S on Mar 11, 2016
    great book for homeschool instruction in drawing!
    Kerry S on Feb 15, 2016
    Recommended by our CC group.
    Jackie W on Jun 18, 2016
    Recommended by an art teacher.
    Bruce F on May 19, 2016
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