Practical Drafting

Practical Drafting

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Item #: 021286
ISBN: 9780972205832
Grades: 6-AD

Insight Technical Education has come up with a unique approach to technical art. Technical art manifests itself as drafting and computer-aided design. The author, Mel Peterman, has spent years doing drafting and CAD work in architecture, piping and electrical blueprints, and machinery design. Mel's idea is to give students the foundational work of doing technical drawing manually so that they may have a better "feel" and "style" when progressing to CAD programs.

The Complete-A-Sketch books should be the first books used. Mel's approach is very much "hands-on" - after a brief explanation of orthographic projections, isometric projections, and perspectives, it's drawing, drawing, drawing. But the drawing technique is easy to follow - easy enough, he even suggests starting Complete-A-Sketch with 4-6 year-olds! For each exercise, a small version of the object is shown, then the large version has all the corners and intersections filled in. The student connects all of the lines to complete the object. The objects get more detailed as you go. This volume "bridges the gap" between Complete-A-Sketch Vol. 3 and Practical Drafting, by teaching advanced technical sketching and also introducing drafting concepts and CAD. It includes 37 sketching projects, eight 3-D paper models to build and 25 bonus projects. Unlike the other volumes in the series, this one is on .pdf format on CD, so you can print pages for consumption.

Once you have completed the Complete-A-Sketch books, you are ready for Practical Drafting (recommended for Jr. High and up). The author asks that the student do each exercise both manually and using CAD software. To complete the project manually, the student will need some additional supplies. Of course, to complete the project on a computer, you will need some type of CAD program for your computer.

The last item is more free-form. Practical Graphic Design deals with page layout and design techniques for print projects. Points of discussion include margins, text columns, headers, footers, mastheads, headlines, subheads, captions, graphic objects and white space.

This program would be a good way to test the waters to see if your student in interested in engineering or technical art.

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Homeschool class
Kathryn K on Aug 29, 2019
This is the companion text to One Day Academy's high school engineering class.
User on Aug 26, 2019
Homeschool class
Kathryn K on Aug 29, 2019
Student loves engineering and inventions and wants to learn drafting
Gladys E on Aug 29, 2019
This is the companion text to One Day Academy's high school engineering class.
User on Aug 26, 2019
Using this for a home school co-op in my area. We used his Complete A Sketch with the same group and it was good.
Lori Duhs B on Aug 16, 2019
Teaching beginner drafting at the end of the school year, to high school students. I want an easy to use book, to introduce the basics of drafting.
Susan L on Jul 22, 2019
Looks good to use in my homeschool classroom next year.
Daniel M on Apr 16, 2019
Elizabeth T on Nov 28, 2018
To use for my son's high school homeschool class
Kellie Y on Aug 12, 2018
Had a class that needed it
Suzanne G on Aug 7, 2018
Required for Engineering class
Tammy W on Aug 2, 2018
Looks like an excellent intro to technical drawing! I like that my high schooler can do this independently.
Emily H on Jun 22, 2018
Needed another high school elective
Michael B on Jan 29, 2018
Required for co-op homeschool engineering class
Brooke D on Oct 24, 2017
Our sons were interested in learning something about drafting. They enjoyed working through the book.
David L on Sep 25, 2017
for a class
Alecia B on Aug 15, 2017
Because my son is interested in drafting.
Marsena on Sep 27, 2016
We plan to use this is as part of our Career Exploration study
Melisa M on Aug 28, 2016
for a homeschool engineering class
Hallie F on Aug 24, 2016
My son showed interest in this subject.
Eric M on Aug 23, 2016
This was the book we needed for a drafting class in co-op.
April M on Aug 12, 2016
used the before for other students, gave it to one and now have another generation of students so needed a new copy
Elizabeth G on Aug 5, 2016
Required by homeschool class teacher
Kathryn K on Jul 27, 2016
Required Text for Drafting course
User on Jul 13, 2016
We chose this because it was a self directed drafting course. While my children enjoyed it we think there are probably better options. He doesn't do a great job of explaining each topic. Enjoyed but not maybe not the best
Cindy M on Jul 12, 2016
My son enjoys putting things together. I'm hoping by introducing him to drafting and some general CAD concepts will steer him toward a practical math applications career.
William M on Apr 26, 2016
To help teach my son the beginnings of CAD and other drafting concepts
Carol L on Mar 19, 2016
Student loves engineering and inventions and wants to learn drafting
Gladys E on Aug 29, 2019
Using this for a home school co-op in my area. We used his Complete A Sketch with the same group and it was good.
Lori Duhs B on Aug 16, 2019
I read on Amazon that a lot of supplies are needed for Practical Drafting. What will I need to buy to get the most from this course?
Mom T on Jul 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We bought everything because we live overseas and were unsure we could acquire them once we got home, but my son didn't like the portable drafting boards and preferred using the dining room table. He did use the different sized pencils and leads but nor the tape. He didn't like one of the pads of paper, but I use it for other things so it wasn't a waste of money. He does use all the measuring tools daily. I would suggest taking your child with you when you buy supplies and getting them to help you make decisions. I hope this helps! --Beth McManus
Is this reproducible or would each student need a book?
User on Mar 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Well, according to the information in the book, ", the owner of this book, may make as many copies of noted pages for personal use as you wish. However, you may not sell, transmit, or give away copies in any form." The book is copyright protected. So, I think everyone in a class would have to have their own book. The books are not expensive and it is very good material. However, the cost of the tools are much more costly. I happened to have a set from my college Mech. Drawing class so just needed a couple of additional items for the class. You can find most tools at Hobby Lobby or maybe a college bookstore or even on-line perhaps. Hope this helps. It really is a great class and covers many concepts that were covered in my College Drafting class a number of years ago. Good Luck and I hope this helps.
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My daughter wants to be an interior designer and she needs some classes in high school to get her prepared and give her a feel for what she will be doing once she begins college. After much research, we found Practical Drafting, and she is learning so much. It teaches sketching, which is an lost art, and a very valuable concept to know, along with designing using 2D and 3D software. She is learning so much, and would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to learn how to draft.
November 5, 2015
over 4 years ago

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