Drawing with Children

Drawing with Children

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By (author) Mona Brookes

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  • Publisher: Tarcher/Putnam,US
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 190mm x 241mm x 21mm | 658g
  • Publication date: 31 December 1996
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0874778271
  • ISBN 13: 9780874778274
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd edition
  • Illustrations note: illustrations
  • Sales rank: 6,017

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Since the publication of the best-selling first edition of Drawing with Children in 1986, Monart Drawing Schools have expanded all over the country. Teachers are eager for the chance to learn the Monart Drawing Method, a practical, field-tested technique that assumes no prior knowledge of art or special talent. Mona developed the Monart Drawing Method after she observed what she felt was a state of visual illiteracy among children. She was shocked that even very young children were suffering from competitive and judgmental attitudes to the point of being unwilling to try, for fear of failure. Although she recognized the need for the symbolic representations that all children draw naturally, she noted that they did not know where to begin to draw the realistic illustrations they yearned to create. From this grew the Monart Drawing Method, which features a noncompetitive environment where children are free to explore independent expression while simultaneously learning how to observe all visual data through five basic elements of shape. The Method has instilled a sense of pride among the thousands of students who have overcome the `I can't draw` mindset and learned to create remarkable artwork. This latest edition of Drawing with Children includes a new sixteen-page full-color insert, hundreds of new illustrations, and two additional chapters explaining how to reach children with learning problems and how to incorporate drawing into teaching the basic subjects in an integrated school curriculum.

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By Anita Mc 07 Sep 2012 2

Got this book on the recommendation of another art text, for guidance on the specifics of teaching drawing. Much of it is written as a recount of the author's own experience with groups or even her own school days. This may have all been very nice but I found it a lot of text to wade through before getting to anything of substance. Some useful guidance in the lesson sequences, but these only account for half of the book.

Table of contents

Acknowledgments 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 Preliminaries 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 Lessons 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 Bibliography