My children have always loved to draw.
I've contemplated getting rid of all the toys because it seems they would rather draw than do almost anything.
Over the years we have collected some helpful how-to-draw books. I'm so thankful to have these on the bookshelf when one of them asks me how to draw something or other (since I have no idea!).
I thought it might be fun to share these titles with you since I searched many times in the early years for such books and often ordered wondering if they were any good.
These are the books we have and enjoy in our home:
How to Draw Flowers – simple and straight-forward. Shows how to draw 30 different garden flowers. For ages 5 and up. This one is very helpful when drawing in our nature journal. I use it myself as I often have trouble trying to figure out how to draw flowers (they are tricky).
How to Draw People – Also simple and straightforward. Teaches how to draw people of different shapes and sizes engaged in a variety of activities.
How to Draw Faces – For kindergarten and up. Step-by-step instruction in sketching the human face. 30 different faces to draw.
How to Draw Aquarium Animals – I am thankful to have this for when we study the ocean or after a visit to the beach. Also for kindergarten and up.
I'll probably get the How to Draw Trains, Planes and Boats next:
Note: Many of these books are less than $5 and are eligible for the 4-for-3 promotion on Amazon.com. That's how I stocked up. Buy four at a time and only pay for three! (And get free shipping, too!)
Draw. Write. Now. – great step-by-step instruction. Teaches a little about the animal, person, or time in history that is the subject of each drawing. Suitable for ages 5 through 9 (or older). Teaches the use of color and some other techniques, like how to use space and how to fill the background.
I love that they also have books that help kids draw historical figures and national monuments:
For more thorough art instructions, we love Artistic Pursuits.
I mean, seriously LOVE.
I have looked at (and tried) a number of different art curriculum and like this one the best. It teaches children concepts in an easy to understand way and incorporates art appreciation and history into each unit.
Artistic Pursuits also allows children to leap past using how-to-draw books and enables them to create art using their own ideas while staying within the parameters of the instruction they are given.