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

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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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: J P Tarcher; Rev Sub edition (June 4, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874778271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874778274
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

Customer Reviews

Sweet mother of mercy

5 people found this helpful.
 on June 7, 2016
By K. Adams
Page 114. Sweet mother of mercy. Page 114 for an outline and guidelines of a lesson. It takes 114 pages of drudgery and confusion to get to the meat of the book.

Perfect "teacher" for my learning style – invaluable art resource

2 people found this helpful.
 on June 25, 2016
By kemilie
There’s a reason this book has sold more than 300,000 copies. I am REALLY enjoying it. I’m an analytical perfectionist and sometimes feel like I am completely lacking in artistic talent. This book has been great to help me gain an understanding and love of drawing which I am now hoping I can transfer to my children. 🙂

i’m learning as much as my kid

4 people found this helpful.
 on April 29, 2014
By Sal
I like art, but have zero formal training. My 5 year old really loves to draw. Not just little stick figure blobs, but detailed pictures. She really wants instruction, but like I said, I had little to offer. I was looking for something that could help her and help me teach her.

This is a "Must Read"!

One person found this helpful.
 on August 4, 2014
By Mimi Bigelow
As an elementary teacher, middle school remedial/enrichment educator, and a summer time creative arts (drawing my specialty) teacher, this book is one of the best! And a must for parents too!

Debunks the belief that young children shouldn’t be formally instructed in art.

One person found this helpful.
 on March 22, 2013
By Carol Cox
My son is 5 years old, and for 2 years now he’s enjoyed drawing more than any other activity. I am NOT an artist, so when he asks me in frustration, “Mommy, how do you draw ____,” I do my best to help him by looking at pictures of what he wants to draw and talking about it as I try to draw a poor example. I have been looking for curricula to help children learn to draw, but everything I could find was for older children only since the prevailing idea in art education for young children is that they should merely explore art media. The author of this book explains that even young children can learn to draw realistically just as they can learn to read and write when we give them the necessary tools. She gives detailed instructions and lessons to help ANYONE learn to draw, and to help adults teach children–even if the adult has no background in drawing. Now my boy and I enjoy two sessions a week with drawing instruction from Mona Brookes, who BTW, has schools across the country teaching people her teaching method so that children (and adults) can learn to draw. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to learn or teach this art medium.

easy to follow

 on March 1, 2017
By dboyt
We bought a copy to use with our own children years ago. Since then we have bought a number of copies for other parents. Very well thought-out, easy to follow.

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