You Can Draw in 30 Days

You Can Draw in 30 Days

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Item #: 036857
ISBN: 9780738212418
Grades: 7-AD

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Mark Kistler, cartoonist and author of the ever-popular Draw Squad and Drawing in 3-D with Mark Kistler, has taught children to draw using his methods for years. In this book, he takes his fun, yet start-with-the-basics approach and offers it up to adults who think they can't even draw a straight line! He promises that yes, anyone can learn to draw if they set aside twenty minutes a day for a month. If you're game, you can grab any old pencil and sketchbook and embark on an adventure that will take you from drawing spheres to tackling the human face! I like the balance of simple form and more advanced skills he meshes together here. Although you begin by drawing a circle, you immediately turn it into a three-dimensional sphere by adding shading. So you skip that whole "drawing a straight line" thing and head straight into the world of 3-D. Lesson drawing subjects progress in difficulty, beginning with the basics: spheres and cubes. From there you build onto the cubes and spheres that you know, creating koalas, roses, cylinders, houses, rippling flags, pyramids, mugs, trees, rooms and cities in one-point perspective, buildings in two-point perspective, and the human eye and face. Each lesson goes step-by-step, with Mark's illustrations showing the student exactly what to add each time and his written instructions are clear, easy-to-follow and entertaining. Many of the lessons are reminiscent of those in Draw Squad, but the pace is a bit quicker, and the subject matter slightly more sophisticated. Lessons often end with a "Bonus Challenge" where you can take your new skill to the next level, and several examples from Mark's other adult students offer inspiration as well. Drawing supplies are minimal, although Mark makes suggestions and recommendations in several lessons. With its 30-day commitment and incremental lessons, I would recommend this one as an introductory drawing course for your high-schoolers, especially if they have not had much drawing instruction in the past.

Primary Subject
Art/Crafts
Grade Start
7
Grade End
AD
ISBN
9780738212418
Author
Mark Kistler
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Da Capo Press
Weight
1.0 (lbs.)
Dimensions
9.2" x 7.4" x 0.6"
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my niece is very artistic and is ready to learn more advanced skills
Luann S on Feb 16, 2021
This looks like a promising book on learning how to draw and seems fun.
Leslie A. on Oct 18, 2018
my niece is very artistic and is ready to learn more advanced skills
Luann S on Feb 16, 2021
Fun activity with my grands!
Carol C on Feb 7, 2020
This looks like a promising book on learning how to draw and seems fun.
Leslie A. on Oct 18, 2018
Hoping this art book will allow my children to hone their talents and determine if art is something to delve into more.
Wilhelmina A on Jul 25, 2018
As a supplement to my son's High School Art elective.
Victoria S on Jul 5, 2018
Seems to teach on all levels. Looking forward to seeing how my daughter learns using this book
Susan F on Aug 17, 2017
I used this drawing course for my homeschool co-op art classes for 4-6 and 7-10 grade. The students loved it and were very successful completing the projects. We were able to complete 1-2 lessons per one hour class. The book made it super easy for me to teach drawing from a brand new perspective. It's more of an illustrator/guy's perspective, so it was new for me as a more technical approach. Highly recommend!
Jennifer V on Jul 28, 2016
For 9th grade art class
Jinny K on Sep 23, 2015
Fun activity with my grands!
Carol C on Feb 7, 2020
Hoping this art book will allow my children to hone their talents and determine if art is something to delve into more.
Wilhelmina A on Jul 25, 2018
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If you could only buy one art book this would be it! It teaches the fundamental skills of drawing in a fun and easy manner Each lesson builds upon the other so as the student progresses through the book their confidence builds also I would take the "30 days" and turn it into more like one lesson a week While the recommended age for this book is early teen-adult I use it for all ages I have my 7 year old doing it all the way up to my 11 year old I take each lesson and break it down and then let them go There are additional activities offered and I usually take the lesson and expand on it throughout the week to help the kids strengthen the skills learned before going onto the next lesson It has been great fun for the kids and for me! I am becoming a better artist too A great perk about this book is since we can stretch it over all of the ages in our house everyone gets to participate and to learn from each other I am definitely learning a lot and the kids really like doing it together as a family
November 3, 2013


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