Sunday, May 26, 2019

The Grown-Up's Guide to Making Art with Kids

The Grown-Up's Guide to Making Art with Kids is a fun tutorial guide for teachers, parents, and other resource people full of ideas for drawing with kids.  Released 7th May 2019 by Quarto on their Walter Foster imprint, it's 128 pages and available in paperback and ebook formats.

This is a book absolutely full of exuberant step by step tutorials for drawing any number of creatures and objects with a whimsical style which will appeal to kids and in a manner which anyone can do. This includes the 'I can't draw a stick figure' people out there. 

The books introduction (circa 17% of the page content) covers materials and a little bit of color theory, with tips and extra info highlighted in sidebars. The following chapters are paired in an alternating format with the first chapter covering how to draw animals, moving objects, buildings, people etc, and the following containing a step-by-step project tutorial incorporating the items from the previous chapter. The project tutorials include pop-up scenes, collages, shadow puppets, a map, and several others.

I am not familiar with many art books aimed specifically at adults in a context of drawing in a way to please and appeal to the small people in their lives. This one is excellent and would make a superlative support book for classroom teachers, facilitators, homeschoolers, librarians, parents, babysitters, camp staff, etc.

Five stars. This is a really useful and appealing book for all ages.

Disclosure: I received an early eARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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