Item description for Drawing for Older Children and Teens: A Creative Method for Adult Beginners, Too by Mona Brookes...
Overview Designed to teach the basics of drawing to children and adults, this interactive handbook contains work sheets and sample illustrations to help students develop their individual style, use color effectively, and create unified compositions
Publishers Description Everyone can learn how to draw- and feel truly proud of the results - using Mona Brookes' proven drawing methods. Now the author of America's best-selling art instruction book for young children provides a complete course for older children, teens and adult beginners. In Part I, you'll discover the many different styles you can choose to draw in and how to develop your own personal style. In Part II, you'll discover a unique way of seeing that allows you to draw any shape you observe. You'll learn the basics (from buying art supplies to planning your compositions) and all the good stuff- proportion, scale, perspective, contrast shading and special effects. Lastly, Mona provides essential information on drawing the human form, animals, still, landscapes, and buildings. It's all here. Now nothing can prevent you from discovering the joys of drawing. Open this book and you'll see what creative possibilities await you Special Note Drawing For Older Children & Teens includes special sections for art teachers and educators.
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Studio: Jeremy P. Tarcher / Perigee
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.94" Width: 7.52" Height: 0.69" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 1991
Publisher Homeschool Bargain Books
ISBN 0874776619 ISBN13 9780874776614
Availability 0 units.
More About Mona Brookes
Brookes is an internationally acclaimed art educator and founder of the Monart Drawing Schools.
Mona Brookes currently resides in Ojai, in the state of California. Mona Brookes was born in 1937.
Reviews - What do customers think about Drawing for Older Children & Teens?
Super! Sep 10, 2007
I loved this book, and also enjoyed "Drawing With Children" by Mona Brookes. Great plan for a drawing program, very clear instructions, lots of enjoyable background narrative on Mona's personal experiences, student stories/quotes. LOTS of drawing samples, and very helpful drawing exercise pages to copy for use at home. If you've enjoyed Betty Edwards ("Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain"), chances are you'll like Mona Brookes as well. A great resource for tentative beginners in art!
Drawing for older children and teens May 13, 2007
This book is excellent for any beginner in art irregardless of age. It gives fun projects to start you off that aren't overwhelming, and plenty of encouragement.
Learning to draw over the telephone? Jan 10, 2007
After years of searching for a good text for my teleclass in high school Art-2D, I finally found this out-of- print text. Luckily you had enough copies for these two classes, a total of 16 students, at a public school for students who are sick at home or at the hospital and need to be taught by phone.
This is a simple system that really works. It is not some "miracle cure" but based in solid art training and much practice. It takes time for the teacher (me) to learn how to get the job done on the phone, but this book helps a lot.
The idea is to lead these kids forward step by step as described in the book. I usually do the exercises with them, and I have seen considerable progress in a very short time. After years of art training I am learning a lot myself by simply following the steps outlined. Learning to draw is no rocket science for me now. It is a simple process. You can learn how to draw.
The only small criticism I have is that the book addresses itself more to the adult teacher than to the student. I wish Ms. Brooks would write a new text that can be used in high schools, addressing the student directly. It would help, of course to have a teacher edition to go with it.
addendum to other positive reviews Nov 20, 2006
This book has been praised by other reviewers and I have no wish to repeat and rehash their reviews, so check them out. =) I would only add that the title could be misleading in that the term "older children" can be variously interpreted. I bought this for my 10-year-old daughter, whom I consider an "older child." This book is most definitely geared to the attention ability of teens--or "older children" with a HIGH (and determined) level of interest in truly LEARNING how to draw. It is VERY heavy on prose, with a LOT of written explanation of technique. There are plenty of illustrated examples, but I don't see my daughter sitting down to learn to draw and wanting to READ a lengthy explanation of how to do something.
I would consider this more of an instruction book than a how-to book, intended to be READ then applied. A child who is younger (younger than say 13 or so) would likely need a good bit of parental involvement to get a more full understanding and appreciation of what the book teaches. However, if you have a young savant or a very patient reader at home, who doesn't mind wading through the lengthy explanations of technique, by all means buy this book. It is an excellent treatise on drawing fundamentals.
All this being said, I intend to keep the book. I will break it out as a Xmas present and see what her interest level is in really learning about drawing rather than just busting out a quick picture. If she seems overwhelmed by its depth and scope, I will help her work through some of the basics and/or hang on to it until she is older.
Realistic expectations Feb 2, 2006
The book's title is what the book actually provides. Drawing for OLDER CHILDREN AND TEENS. People who give this book to a six year old shouldn't be surprised that some of the exercises or explanations are too hard. Likewise, people who want to draw like Rembrandt should realize that a book titled 'drawing for older children and teens' might not be the best resource. Do people even think any more?
Anyway, now that that's out of my system: I adore this book. There are three drawing books I will never give away: this one, Edwards's _drawing on the right side of the brain_ (psychobabble or not aside, the fact is, it works!) and Dodson's book on drawing. Each has strengths and weaknesses. The absolute strength of Brookes's book is sheer enthusiasm. One reviewer is scandalized by the testimonials of success cases Brookes includes: I found them the most inspiring. But what can I say, I need all the encouragement I can get. Even if you skip all that and jump to the exercises, you will get your money's worth out of this book.
What it has that is unique: a day one invitation to play with different drawing media. Edwards's book is perhaps a little too pencil-sketch focussed--this book encourages you to play with colored pencils, art pens, and pastel crayons. I reiterate the word 'play'. For those of us who want to learn to draw as a hobby, not as professional artists, the notion of art as play rather than work is very important. (Again, professional artists, the title alone might tell you this book is not for you?) It also encourages you to learn different STYLES. Edwards's book has sometimes been criticized for being too focused on realistic drawing. Brookes encourages you to try abstraction and flat drawing as well as a more realistic style. Overall, it encourages you more than any other book I've encountered thus far, to develop your own style.
Even the limitations of the book are not limitations, if you take into account the audience. Her list of subjects to draw doesn't necessarily work for me, but I remember as a teenager drawing a lot of the items on her list over and over again. (I must have drawn about a million horses). A student today just handed in an in-class writing assignment with the bottom half covered with a drawing of a car. She knows, in other words, what young people like to draw, and presents the information in manageable and attractive pieces. If you're an older reader, like me, who picked this book up because I suck way too much at drawing for books like _the Natural Way to Draw_ and many other upper level learn to draw books, some of the exercises seem silly. Skip 'em! Do another one you like better, again. I've had a lot of fun, for example drawing my cats in not only a variety of media (pastel, colored pencil, conte, pencil) but also in many more styles (primitive, cartoonish, realistic, abstract). A lot of the technical exercises (copying drawings upside down, using a viewfinder) are in many other drawing books, but are again presented in a young adult friendly manner.
It's a book about ENJOYING drawing. Anything you like, you're bound to become better at, because you enjoy it, so you keep doing it. Especially if you get results you like. This really is worth a look, but only if you either fit into the categories of the title, or still draw like you do!