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A First Step- Drawing

The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence by Betty Edwards- (look inside)
a revised and expanded edition of the classic drawing-instruction book that has sold more than 2,500,000 copies.


If you are already familiar with this book then you might be interested at seeing a photograph of Igor Stravinsky in a similar pose to the Pablo Picasso line drawing used in the book.


Drawing on the Artist Within: An Inspirational and Practical Guide to Increasing Your Creative Powers by Betty Edwards- (look inside) learn the secrets of the creative process through the process of drawing.


Drawing With Children: A Creative Method for Adult Beginners, Too by Mona Brookes-revised and expanded tenth anniversary edition of a best-selling guide designed for parents and teachers of children of all ages presents easy-to-follow lessons for building artistic skill and for using drawing in other scholastic subjects.


Drawing for Older Children and Teens: A Creative Method That Works for Adult Beginners, Too by Mona Brookes- (look inside) applying the same principles with higher-level material and more sophistication than in Drawing with Children.


The Zen of Seeing: Seeing Drawing As Meditation by Frederick Franck- discover the creative process of taking a tiny element of nature, a leaf or a stick or a seashell, and getting to know it in an unbelievably intimate way by drawing it.


Nature Drawing: A Tool for Learning by Clara Walker Leslie- a great practical guide for enriching observational and communication skills by sketching in nature.


The Natural Way to Draw: A Working Plan for Art Study by Kimon Nicolaides- (look inside) the best instruction in the art of seeing and learning for the true artist mindset.


Visual Art and Children...

Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters by Mary Ann F. Kohl- ideas in book reflect the style or techniques of over 80 artists from the Renaissance to the present day; all activities use materials found in most homes or classrooms. [Art History Posters]


Learning In and Through Art: A Guide to Discipline Based Art Education by Stephen Mark Dobbs- (look inside)- a practical, straightforward guide offers opportunities for relating art to other subjects as well as to the personal interests and abilities of young learners.


John Dewey and the Lesson’s of Art by Philip W. Jackson- (look inside)- discusses Dewey's aesthetic theory, transformative power of the experience of art, and shows in specific instances how the application of Dewey's view of the arts would improve learning experiences. [John Dewey Poster]


The Art of Teaching Art to Children: In School and at Home by Nancy Beal- discusses how to set up the art situation and how to speak to children about their artwork to encourage their creative expression.


Global Art: Activities, Projects and Inventions from Around the World by Jean Potter, MaryAnn F. Kohl- (look inside)- Step-by-step instructions and illustrations for exciting ways to teach abstract concepts of geography and culture through concrete art activities. [Geography Posters]


The Tao of Teaching: The Special Meaning of the Tao Te Ching As Related to the Art and Pleasures of Teaching by Greta K. Nagel - (look inside)- for teachers, parents, and any others who are looking for a book of wisdom on how to deal with people, especially children, in a learning environment.


Ecoart!: Earth-Friendly Art and Craft Experiences for 3-To 9-Year-Olds- by Laurie Carlson- projects use recyclable, reusable, household materials and/or items found in nature. [Ecology Posters]


Art Smart! Ready-to-Use Slides & Activities for Teaching Art History & Appreciation by Susan Rodriguez- a complete, sequential art history and appreciation curriculum for grades 3-9; 40 full color, museum- quality slides of art masterpiecs, 94 ready-to-use art activities, and ART SMART Chart that explains each period of art, and reproducible calendar pages for each month featuring the birthdays of major artists.


Art in Story: Teaching Art History to Elementary School Children by Marianne Saccardi- hands-excellent readable guide for librarian-teacher cooperation across the curriculum for talking with children about the art, drama and writing.


Art from Many Hands by Jo Miles Schuman- (look inside)- interdisciplinary approach and step by step instructions for activities ranging from Ukranian pysanky to African weaving and batik.


Doing Art Together: Discovering the Joys of Appreciating and Creating Art As Taught at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Famous Parent-Child Workshop by Muriel Silverstein-Storfer- (look inside)- a teaching approach structured to uncover the creative process that lies beyond all artistic endeavor.


A Survival Kit for Elementary and Middle School Art Teachers by Helen D. Hume- clear presentation of tips, ideas, & multicultural lessons includes a page for the teacher as well as one for the student; suggestions for teaching each grade level & themes based on seasons; great strategies for writing lesson plans & managing classrooms.


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