Jan 26, 2012

Book Nook

Drawing with Children
Mona Brooks

Years ago I found this wonderful book and knowing that a lot of my students had trouble drawing I began using this to teach them how to draw.
If you really want to learn how to draw this is the best book I have ever seen on the subject.

Here is some info from the forward:

Today, child psychologists tell us that drawing is as spontaneous and innately human an activity as learning to walk and talk , and that the stages children go through in learning to draw are predictable. For children under the age of three, drawing is an extension of their observation of how things move. Young children are satisfied with scribbles that appear meaningless to older persons because they haven not yet learned to observe the differences between what they see and what they draw.
Drawing it a complex process that requires you to isolate discrete bits from a complex entity, with three dimensions, to reproduce those bits accurately, in only two dimensions, to relate then logically to each other and all the while to move your hand carefully. Children at age five or six can connect thee simultaneous process rather well and there drawings are often imaginative, inventive and detailed.
By the age of eight or nine children often drop out, their drawings become stiff and they frequently stop drawing altogether. The more astutely they observe the real work, the less accepting they become of their attempts to reproduce it.
Mona Brooke's method turns off the critical voice that says, "This looks wrong." It turns off the rational voice that says. "This is a square, not a thick line." It turns off the mature voice that leaned at a very young age to say, "I can't draw.'
Mona Brooks' way to teach drawing enables anyone to draw who is willing to try
Ann White Lewin
Found and Executive Director
The National Leaning Center/Capital Children's Museum
Washington, D.C.

This method takes you back to when you were a child and you start there and re-learn how to draw. Drawing is as natural to us as humans as speaking. If you want to learn how to draw buy this book! There are new and used ones on Amazon.

Here is a couple of examples of how Mona teaches you to draw.

She introduces you to the 5 basic elements of shape. The dot family, the circle family, the straight line family, the curved line family and the angle family.

Here is one of the first exercises she has you do.
If you take the five elements and arrange then in a particular order you will find yourself drawing a recognizable object instead of an abstract design.

Try is and see how easy it works!

Sharon Teal Coray

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