You Draw Like An Idiot!: DRAWING WITH CHILDREN: And Adult Beginners Too
Feb 26, 2002 (Updated Feb 26, 2002)
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:special education included, anyone can benefit, easy-to-read, easy-to-use, photos awesome
Cons:A few more step by step photo lessons would be nice-not necessary
The Bottom Line: It is rare to find someone who can teach a method that puts everyone from Special Education to advanced adults on the same learning plane. Excellent book.
Have you ever wondered how people can be so artistic?
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Have you ever drawn a picture and felt it not even worthy of display in a kindergarten class?
Are you a decent artist, but still seem dissatisfied with your work?
Have you never picked up a pencil to draw out of fear of how bad it will look?
If you have answered yes to any of the above questions, then I have a book for you to read.
WHY YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK
Okay, so not everyone is good at art. In fact, usually gifted people are the ones who really do art, right?
According to MONA BROOKES in her book DRAWING WITH CHILDREN: A Creative Method for Adult Beginners Too, that is not true. In her book, Mona gives 272 pages of information to the contrary.
Mona believes that it is only because of the discouragement during childhood that so many people lose their desire or confidence in art. She developed what is called the MONART METHOD of learning to draw.
In this method, Mona puts forth principles to allow anyone to achieve a level of art that they never believed possible. She maintains that realism - even in fantasy drawing is easily achievable and within reach of anyone willing to spend some time to learn methods. All of this is done in a way that makes the reader feel special and capable of achieving things they never thought possible.
Mona poses the following statements in this book, and asks what you feel about them:
1. The ability to draw is inherited.
2. There is a right and wrong way to draw
3. Drawing is simply for pleasure and not for practical use
4. Art lessons should only be given to those children who show talent and may become artists when they grow up.
5. Structured drawing lessons are inappropriate for children; they should develop their ability to draw through free expression and exploration only.
6. People who can't draw realistically, with accurate shading and correct proportion, aren't real artists.
7. Real artists are pleased with most of what they produce.
If you agree with any of these statements, then you have not been taught correctly about art and your own capabilities in drawing.
THE PREMISE OF THIS BOOK
The basic premise of this book, DRAWING WITH CHILDREN, is that students should be taught lessons in structured art. Realism is a springboard to other art forms, and until you learn that, you will not have the freedom to draw as you wish. However, all is done with great encouragement and positive attitude- not a critical one.
In this book, Mona Brookes spends a lot of time explaining the reality of drawing. She does a lot of explanation about the right way to think about drawing- which is not being intimidated.
This book teaches the student how to relax, what basic tools to have and how to identify the five elements of contour shape.
The student will learn how to practice and do exercises in dulplication and abstract interpretations of given examples.
The following are some other topics covered:
Drawing from Graphics
making a sketch
adding finishing touches
Drawing from Still Life
positive and negative spaces
Broadening Your Horizons
working with other media
REACHING SPECIAL EDUCATION AND AT RISK STUDENTS
Using Drawing to Teach Other Subjects
MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK
In my years of art as a hobby and lately as a study, I have not seen too many books I have truly appreciated for all ages as I have this one. It is not a book for reading and nodding in agreement. It is a book for learning and gaining in great strides from. It is a book to make you feel like maybe you are pretty special after all.
Not only does it take the mystery out of this often stressful area of life, but it makes great results attainable to just about anyone. Think of the possibilities of incorporating greater art work into your life and business. Make your representation more distinctive and worth noticing.
I have found that just by applying a few of the principles found in this book, my drawing has improved greatly. My son has experienced great results as well.
The thing I really appreciate about this book is that the special education results gained by this method are reputed to be fantastic.
Also, I appreciate the author's acknowledgement that learning these simple art principles will spill over into other areas of knowledge and learning. That is very true. I have experienced this.
SOME CLOSING COMMENTS
I found this book, which was developed originally to help beginner adults and preschoolers to learn art, to be elating. There are many photos of artwork ranging in age from 3 years old to adult. The pictures are truly awesome!
The book, paperback, that I have is the 10th anniversary edition and the copyright is 1996. The price is listed as being $15.95. The 272 pages in here are loaded with inspiration and demystification of the world of drawing and personal possibilities in the world of art. The publisher is Tarcher/Putnam
You can find this book at pretty much any book source. Amazon.com, Borders.com, etc. Used book suppliers will have it as well, but the 10th anniversary edition has the special education information in it where earlier editions do not.
I highly recommend this book to:
children of all ages
special education families
school teachers of all levels
foreign language teachers who want to improve the student's comprehension
computer language students (helps a lot with flowcharting)
students who want to improve in other subjects
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