Art Basics for Children

Art Basics for Children

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ISBN: 9781933407876
Grades: 1-8

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Rich and Sharon Jeffus are like the "Backyard Scientist(s)" of art! Their books remind me so much of Jane Hoffman - it's like they can't wait to share everything with you about art! It's delightful to peruse a book in which the authors' enthusiasm is so obvious! Before the actual lessons in this book, you get a wonderful section on using art supplies (finally, someone has taken the time to explain those pencil grades!). Here are lots of "how to's" and incredible tips for drawing with pencil and charcoal, using oil pastels, tempera paints, water colors, and chalk pastels. Following is a page of "recipes" for different modeling compounds, including an edible clay! Before encountering the "real" lessons are 7 full pages of exercises in drawing from basic shapes. This is similar to the technique endorsed by Mona Brooks in Drawing with Children. The heart of the drawing book is the 26 lessons, corresponding to the 26 letters of the alphabet, entitled, The ABC's of Art. Here, in their typical breezy, chatty style the authors have given us much to consider and do on every page. Each lesson contains one or more art principles or definitions, one or more art activities, and information or practice on color and techniques. Plan on spending more than one art period for some of the lessons. As usual, sample artwork and illustrations provide excellent models. It is difficult to decide an "appropriate" age level for this course. While it looks as though Mark, at 7 would be able to do and enjoy the exercises, an adult would be equally instructed! This is an art course you can definitely use with all of your children at once! We only wish it didn't have to end at "Z" (actually, it doesn't really end at "Z", because they've packed an additional goody at the end - a brief overview of the major art styles, along with illustrative examples). We hope Visual Manna will produce additional "beginner-type" books in the future!

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"A" is for apple. "B" is for ball. "C" is for cat. Learn to draw each item, and a little something about art principles as you do: shading in "A", patterns in "B", and foreground/background in "C". Rich and Sharon present "The ABC's of Art" with joy and enthusiasm. The heart of the book contains 26 lessons, corresponding to the 26 letters of the alphabet, with plenty to consider and do on every page. Each lesson contains one or more art principles or definitions, one or more art activities, and information or practice on specific art techniques. Learning and retaining is better with hands-on projects. Art topics include color wheel, shapes, lines, texture, perspective, balance, and more.

The book begins with a wonderful section on using art supplies (finally, someone has taken the time to explain those pencil grades!). There are lots of "how-to's" and incredible tips for drawing with 7 full pages of exercises in drawing from basic shapes. Also included are goodies like "recipes" for different modeling compounds, including edible clay, and brief overviews of the major art styles at the end of the lessons. Fun for all, this is an art course you can definitely use with all of your children at once.

Suggested art supplies include: pencils, drawing paper, charcoal, oil pastels, tempera paints, water colors, and chalk pastels. Book: 50 pgs, 8.5x11" pb. CD: contains PDF of book. ~ Emily




Primary Subject
Art/Crafts
Grade Start
1
Grade End
8
ISBN
9781933407876
Author
Rich & Sharon Jeffus
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Visual Manna
Weight
0.35 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.12"
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My kids love the Sharon Jeffus art videos that are free, and we are hoping this will help them with their art skills as well.
Melody S on Jan 29, 2019
It is recommended in the Living Books Curriculum guide for year 2.
Rachel C on Jun 13, 2018
My kids love the Sharon Jeffus art videos that are free, and we are hoping this will help them with their art skills as well.
Melody S on Jan 29, 2019
Our charter school places emphasis on fine arts. This is one of my child's gifted areas. This will help us to give her a boost in terms of understanding art concepts and useful tips.
Denise V on Aug 9, 2018
It is recommended in the Living Books Curriculum guide for year 2.
Rachel C on Jun 13, 2018
good resource
Becky B on Jan 13, 2018
Our charter school places emphasis on fine arts. This is one of my child's gifted areas. This will help us to give her a boost in terms of understanding art concepts and useful tips.
Denise V on Aug 9, 2018
good resource
Becky B on Jan 13, 2018
Is there a supply list available for this product?
User on May 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Suggested art supplies include: pencils, drawing paper, charcoal, oil pastels, tempera paints, water colors, and chalk pastels.
Is "art Basics for Children" a consumable book?
User on Jan 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No. It is not a workbook. You use it to launch discussion and works of art related to a variety art techniques. You must provide your own paper and supplies.
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