Drawing with Children - Mona Brookes

Drawing with Children - Mona Brookes

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Item #: 003756
ISBN: 9780874778274
Grades: 1-8

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Uses methods detailed in Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Mona Brooks. Here, she begins by advising us on providing an atmosphere for creativity, choosing supplies and using a variety of media. The lessons and method are based on training children to perceive their environments in terms of five elements of shape. By visualizing or "overlaying" objects with combinations of these basic shapes, children can quickly begin to draw impressively (or accurately?) and then go beyond this step to creating their own compositions. Lessons progress from learning and constructing the five elements to drawing "flat" pictures, then 3-D still lives. The course even teaches children to draw accurate representations of people. The book can be used by anyone able to read and understand it. However, younger children will probably need some guidance in putting the techniques and methods into practice, since there are few actual assigned exercises in the book. Because of the young age of the artists, the "before" and "after" pictures in the text are particularly striking. Newly revised and expanded, including two additional chapters explaining how to teach children with learning problems or special needs and how to implement drawing in the teaching of other subjects.

Primary Subject
Grade Start
Grade End
Trade Paper
10, Annual; Anniversary; Expanded; Revised, Illustrated
General Adult
Mona Brookes
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Putnam Berkley Publishing Group
1.45 (lbs.)
9.0" x 7.5" x 1.0"
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I will be leading a class for our homeschool community day this year and need this to support our curriculum.
Stephanie H on Aug 8, 2022
Classical conversations requirement
LaToya J on Aug 2, 2021
I will be leading a class for our homeschool community day this year and need this to support our curriculum.
Stephanie H on Aug 8, 2022
Classical Conversations
Heather D on Aug 9, 2021
Classical conversations requirement
LaToya J on Aug 2, 2021
Because I'm tutoring for Classical Conversations.
Andrea F on Jul 30, 2021
required for cc
Cody B on Jul 20, 2021
classical conversations tutor
Lisa P on Jul 8, 2021
It is the art book used for Classical Conversations Foundations program.
Ana C on Sep 5, 2020
For my kids.
Fenggang L on Aug 27, 2020
My 2nd and 6th grader are interested in drawing but they get frustrated when their drawings don't come out as they expected. I am hoping to help them with this book.
Adila N on Aug 8, 2020
comes highly recommended, I want to try it out
Charmel-Julia A on Jun 10, 2020
We use this along with our Classical Conversations curriculum.
Guest on May 27, 2020
I never had early drawing instruction as a child and my drawing skills are pretty basic. I'm hoping to give my kids a better start with drawing and pick up some skills myself.
Meagan F on Feb 4, 2020
friend recommended
Stephanie R on Jul 31, 2019
Suggested by Susan Wise Bauer in "A Well Trained Mind"
Morgan E on May 20, 2019
Classical Conversations Art
Valerie on Aug 15, 2018
My aunt, who has 33 years teaching experience, suggested this book...so I have it on good authority that it is a good one!
Malinda L on Jul 30, 2018
For classical conversations cycle 3 arts.
Sherie H on Jul 22, 2018
methodology, style. Will use drawing as a way to reinforce attention to detail and to increase small motor skills/pencil control.
Catherine J on Jun 20, 2018
recommended by friend
Alexis R on Mar 8, 2018
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.
User 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
Classical Conversations
Heather D on Aug 9, 2021
Because I'm tutoring for Classical Conversations.
Andrea F on Jul 30, 2021
5.0 / 5.0
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Rated 5 out of 5
Comprehensive and encouraging
This book is excellent for helping the teacher/parent learn how to draw as well as instructions for teaching children to draw. It is very detailed and has great warm up exercise and drawing projects. It has lessons at 3 levels of instruction and a specific guide for determining at which level a student should begin the drawing lessons. It includes images of children's work and adult's work and some step by step scripted lessons. This book has made teaching art to my children in our homeschool possible and worthwhile.
August 2, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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May 27, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
Rated 5 out of 5
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

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