I’m a sucker for art books. When I was homeschooling, I had quite a few on the shelves for my kids like Mark Kistler’s Draw Squad and various Klutz Art books, among others. I have always felt that basic art and drawing skills are important to teach!
I recently had the chance to review Drawing School. (Thank you Quarto Group and Edelweiss!) This book is ADORABLE and stuffed full of over 300 things to draw with very clear and easy-to-follow drawing instructions. The 272 pages are organized into categories of items that will appeal to both boys and girls. The categories are:
- Sports Stuff
- Let’s Celebrate
- On the Farm
- At the Beach
- Under the Sea
- At the Zoo
- In the Garden
- At the Circus
- At the Show (with things like guitars, instruments, a movie star, etc.)
- In a Fairy Tale
- Around the House
- At School
- Around Town
- Around the World
- Beyond Our World (planets, an astronaut, etc.)
- In the Past (dinosaurs)
The book starts out with a small section on supplies and basic drawing instruction, like learning how to see shapes and different types of lines.
Each section features a number of specific items that belong in the category. The items are shown being drawn in full color with manageable steps like the following screenshot of a cat’s head:
At the end of each section, there is a full color, 2-page spread that shows many of the section’s drawings in a scene like this:
Homeschoolers will like the Around the World section with instructions on how to draw things like an Egyptian pharaoh:
This book is not just for kids. I got it for myself, lol…because the drawings are so cute and perfect for handmade cards and notes.
I LOVE this book. I love the happy, colorful drawings, as well as the simple drawing instructions. If you have a student who loves drawing, Drawing School would make an excellent Christmas present, or a perfect addition to a low-key art program.