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How Great Thou ART I
by Anita C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/25/2013 11:46:39

My daughter has commented that the initial exercises in this book are rather tedious as they are based round forming the basic lines and shaped that drawing builds up from. Alas, as it assumes that you have a good command of said basics quite quickly, it then assumes you can apply them to progressively more taxing work (no? really?) which frustrated my little butterfly brained child. So, if you have a child with a short attention span, you may need to adapt this, or look elsewhere. I've rather enjoyed my time with it so far though, and my artwork is getting better as I work through it so it's not gone to waste and hey, I'm allowed to have a bit of art in my day too aren't I ;-)



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The Student's Guide to Keeping an Art Journal
by Anita C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/05/2013 06:49:43

This is a very good value book full of helpful information and inspiration to not only start your art journal but also, probably more importantly, to keep it going. Although there is some drawing instruction within the book, it does not claim to be a "how to draw" book but a book for students who are learning art to be encouraged to record and practice regularly.

My only complaint, and it is a very minor one, is that I don't like the font. Picky I know, but I don't. I am a sans serif fan, it's easier on my tired old eyes, but you know, if it really bothered me I could mess on the PC and change it couldn't I.....



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God & the History of Art
by Melissa T. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 10/23/2009 14:44:02

This is not your ordinary art instruction manual. From the very first page, you will be drawn in (no pun intended) and captivated by the engaging text. Part art history, part art lessons; this book is completely fun. Although this book is intended for an older age group, Mr. Stebbings makes no assumptions about the level of the student's skills, starting them out with some very basic drawing lessons. The lessons progress throughout the book and cover a wide range of mediums and methods including pen & ink, colored pencils, nature study, painting, penmanship, shading, the color wheel, perspective and more. In addition to learning about major artists, arcitecture and time periods, students are encouraged to study art and evaluate it using the Bible as their standard. Those who do copywork will also appreciate the related quotes sprinkled hroughout the text. And all of this is presented in clear, easy to follow, self directed lessons.

There are so many different things covered in this book. It is an amazing resource. I am so excited to start using it with my children. Another excellent product from How Great Thou Art!



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How to Teach Art
by Melissa T. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 02/27/2009 15:36:21

This book, written by veteran art teacher Barry Stebbing not only gives teachers and homeschool parents the confidence that they CAN teach art, it also equipes them with the tools they need to carry out the task. Mr. Stebbing's instructions are based on three premises. First, art is a discipline which must be learned, much in the same way one would learn to read or play an instrument. Second, God is an artist and, as we are created in His image, we also have the ability to create. Third, art should be enjoyable and educational.

The various chapters answer common questions such as why to teach art, how to get started, what curriculum to purchase, what supplies to purchase, and what to expect at different ages. Mr. Stebbings also addresses some of the technical issues associated with teaching such as teaching in a classroom, maintaining order in the classroom, how to handle a student's frustration, how to teach art at muliti-levels, and how to evaluate a student's art. Finally, there are instructions on how to teach drawing, studying from nature, the basics of art journaling, and visiting museums. Homeschoolers and classroom teachers alike will find this a valuable source of information and encouragement.



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Feed My Sheep
by Melissa T. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 07/07/2008 07:31:46

I've had my eye on this series for a long time, so I was very excited to see it in an ebook format. I fell in love with this particular book when I read the introduction. Not only is Mr. Stebbing's skill is quite evident, but so is his desire to make art education a possibility for every homeschooled student. I love how he explains how to teach art appreciation using the library and how he provides a detailed list of supplies needed to complete this course. He even sells these supplies as a kit on his website.

Don't be put off by the price. This book contains more art instruction than some books costing twice as much. It is a great solution for those who want their children to have a good background in art, but lack the skills, knowledge, or confidence to give it to them.

There are 260 lessons covering color theory, drawing technics, lettering, portraiture, art appreciation, art history, painting, and more. These are taught using a wide variety of subject matter such as poetry, history, geography, and science to keep children interested. In fact, I found this book so interesting that I read it all the way through.



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