Growing up in an area that did not have art instructors till high school, I’d often go to the library to find art books that could be my teacher. How To Draw books were the beginning of my “formal” art training! I gained so much from spending hours with those books, and will forever be grateful.
Though it is not practical for me to use these books in the art room (other than maybe in an art center), I would definitely recommend Draw It! to my students to check out of the library! The use of simple line & shape allow most to find a level of success that will build confidence & interest in drawing.
I believe by using these types of books, it will allow young artists to begin breaking down other objects mentally into shapes & lines. This is extremely beneficial, and I view these books as great exercises in art.
As with an athlete, exercise is not the sport, but allows you to perform your sport to the best of your abilities by developing different parts of your body. The skills you gain from Draw It! can allow you to perform at a higher level within art by building different areas of your artistic skills & mind.
I also truly appreciate the use of the art vocabulary within the series. I would say these are some of the finest How To Draw type books I have seen. If you have a student that loves to draw, please don’t hesitate to recommend a book from this series!
Sample page from Draw It! Sea Creatures:
Titles in the series include: Aircraft, Cars, Dinosaurs, Fashion Design, Sea Creatures, Space Vehicles, Sports Stars, Watercraft, Wild Animals, Woodland Animals.
(Secret: Woodland Animals is Ms Chen’s favorite.)