Drawing can really strike the fear into many teachers who lack the skills or confidence to share their artistic flair in front of a class of pupils – especially when you think that many in the class have a better eye for art projects than you! It can expose you as actually being weak at something – a skill where the students are potentially better than you. Fortunately, help is at hand, as Paula Briggs fantastic book is packed with advice, inspiration and ideas on encouraging pupils to experiment with different drawing techniques which will help make some wonderful creations.
With three tiers of guidance (Getting Started; Have a Go, and; Push it Further) this book guides you through the materials and projects that can help you inspire children to discover the joys of drawing. Ideas are uncomplicated (such as the continuous line drawing idea) and go through to more complex notions such as making illustrations and adding weight or depth to drawings (we particularly enjoyed the ‘Making Marks which tell a story’ idea – a super activity which can easily be adapted to include literacy skills!).
Helpfully illustrated with a great mix of images and illustrations, this is a super art-based book which can easily be used by teachers of all drawing abilities to help inspire, encourage and boost pupils in developing their artistic skills.
With a cover price of £14.95, this book is available from Amazon (UK) priced at £13.17* (paperback only) and published by Black Dog Publishing.
This review originally appeared in the May 2015 edition of UKEdMagazine. Click here to freely view.
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