Drawing With Children: A Creative Method For Adult Beginners, Too by Mona BrookesDrawing With Children: A Creative Method For Adult Beginners, Too by Mona Brookes

Drawing With Children: A Creative Method For Adult Beginners, Too

byMona Brookes

Paperback | June 4, 1996

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Now in a revised and expanded edition, this perennial best-seller is the definitive guide for parents and teachers on how to encourage drawing.

Mona Brookes' easy-to-follow, lesson-by-lesson approach to drawing has yielded astounding results with children of all ages and beginning adults. Her unique drawing program has created a revolution in the field of education and a sense of delight and pride among the thousands of students who have learned to draw through her "Monart Method."

This revised edition includes the following new materials:

  • Information on multiple intelligence and the seven ways to learn.
  • An inspirational chapter on helping children with learning problems
  • An integrated-studies chapter, with projects geared for reading, math, science, ESL, multicultural studies, and environmental awareness
  • A sixteen page color insert and hundreds of sample illustrations

This invaluable teaching aid not only guides readers through the basics, but also gives important advice on creating a nurturing environment in which self-expression and creativity can flourish. Both practical and enlightening, Drawing With Children inspires educators and parents to bring out the artist in all of us.
Mona Brookes is an internationally acclaimed art educator who has been a consultant to schools and museums worldwide. She is the founder of the Monart Drawing Schools with 20 branches, including in Los Angeles, San Diego, the San Francisco Bay Area, Denver, St. Louis, and Detroit. Her first book, Drawing with Children, has sold over 25...
Title:Drawing With Children: A Creative Method For Adult Beginners, TooFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 7.6 × 0.8 inPublished:June 4, 1996Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0874778271

ISBN - 13:9780874778274

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoying this book I bought this book based on the reviews. I tried it with my 3, 5, 8, and 10 year olds, and it was the 5 and 8 year old that became drawing addicts since starting this, particularly my 8 yr old, which shocked me because he NEVER liked anything involving using a pencil, crayon or marker. The best part for everyone is the awesome drawing examples throughout of children's drawings and how old they were when they drew it. Everyone was awed by the power that this book had before we even started. And, the older kids were encouraging the younger ones too. So far we have just finished the activities in the first chapter. I have to say it isn't as easy as picking up a lesson plan. You have to read through the chapter and decide what the main talking points are and at times,do a bunch of photocopies if you have multiple kids. We sometimes just did the exercises, but I wondered if I was missing the point on a couple of the exercises. While it does take a bit of pre planning, it is adaptable to the different ages. I havent figured out how to interest my 3 yr old.
Date published: 2011-02-12

Table of Contents

A Note to Parents and Educators
Preface: The Monart Method
How to Use This Book
Duplication of Drawing Samples
Drawing Instruction Format
Free Use Permission Information
Before You Draw: How You Feel about Your Own Drawing Ability; Changing Your Attitudes and Abilities; Giving the Artist in You Permission to Unfold

Setting the Stage: Preparing Your Work Space; Shopping for Supplies; Ideas for Inspiration: Knowing What's Possible

Creating a Supportive Climate: Communication Can Aid the Process; Troubleshooting

Choosing Your Starting Level: Starting-Level Exercises; General Guidelines for Different Age Groups
Lesson 1: Learning the Basics: Conducive Relaxation; Experimenting with Your Supplies; Recognizing the Five Elements of Contour Shape; Warm-ups; Wow! I Can Draw!

Lesson 2: Drawing from Graphics: Drawing Tips; Level 1: Leo the Lion; Level 2: Tropical Birds; Level 3: Carousel Horse; Choosing Other Projects

Lesson 3: Drawing from a Still Life: Level 1: The Teapot and the Vase; Level 2: Adding the Kitchen Utensils; Level 3: Adding the Abacus; Building Still Life Arrangements

Lesson 4: Volume Drawing: The Positive and the Negative of Space; Levels 1, 2, and 3: Tiger Lilies; Choosing Other Projects

Lesson 5: Widening Your Horizons: Media Tips; Design; People; Faces; Environment

Reaching Special Education and At Risk Students: Letting Go of the Labels; Individualizing and Appreciating Behavior; Solving the Problems

Using Drawing to Teach Other Subjects: Multiple Intelligence Theory (MI); Integrated Learning; Infinite Possibilities


From Our Editors

OFounded on the belief that any child can learn to draw realistic pictures using her "alphabet of shapes" while in a noncompetitive environment, Mona Brookes' easy-to-follow, lesson-by-lesson approach to drawing has yielded astounding results with children of all ages. This new edition includes two additional chapters explaining how to reach children with learning problems or special needs and how to incorporate drawing into other subjects, such as math and language