Beginning Drawing 3-DVD Set
This instructional drawing course is great for kids or families looking for a gentle introduction to how to draw. Artist Barry Stebbing, author of the How Great Thou Art programs, guides viewers through 6 lessons, drawing right along with the viewer. The lessons vary between 45 minutes to over an hour in length. Lessons are: Fundamentals I, Fundamentals II, Perspective, Portraits & Anatomy, Animals, and Treasures Around the Home. The first lesson starts out with the very basics; viewers will draw basic shapes, learn simple shading techniques and draw objects such as a fruit bowl. The first four lessons are perfect for younger children or very beginning artists, as the drawing projects all consist of simple objects, scenes and cartoons (like Wally the Worm). Interspersed into each lesson and example are basic drawing concepts, including shading, portraying three-dimensional objects, perspective, layering colors and more. The last two lessons get into more lifelike and still-life drawing, including realistic "portraits" of farm animals and a grouped still life with an apple, decanter, vase and flower.
These lessons have also been aired on the Homeschool Channel, and How Great Thou Art offers homework PDF files available for free download on their site. Homework pages are grouped by age; 6-9, 10-13 and 14 to adult. Unlike How Great Thou Art's other DVDs, this one is a stand-alone drawing course. It would make a great drawing course for the whole family especially if you have not completed one of their other drawing courses. I think the content of much of the course is more appropriate for young artists just starting out, and while more drawing practice won't hurt anyone, the examples in the first few lessons are quite simple, and Mr. Stebbing appears to be addressing younger children at times. Materials needed for the course include a sketch pad and a 120-color colored pencil set. Approx. 223 min. - Jess