If I had to recommend only one book (yeah, like that’s ever going to happen) for teaching children how to create realistic drawings this book would be my first choice: Drawing With Children by Mona Brookes.

I have used this book myself and have given it to my children to read on their own (even though it’s intended to be used more as a teacher’s guide).  We have all used it with great success.

But if I was not limited to just one book I would add a handful of other resources that might look something like this:

Discovering Great Artists and Storybook Art by MaryAnn Kohl and Kim Solga

Draw Write Now series by Marie Hablitzel and Kim Stitzer

Draw and Write Through History series by Carylee Gressman and Peggy Dick

All of the above books are great first starts to beginner level drawing, and ones that my children have found very helpful in developing their basic drawing skills.

I might also throw in a few artist biographies and perhaps a simple history of art if the child is so inclined.

Moreover I would add in lots and lots of beautiful art by other artists; easily found with a quick Google image search.  There are several art books on our home library shelves full of the works of famous artists that we scooped up for a loonie (Canadian one dollar coin) at used book sales over the years.  We use Charlotte Mason’s method of Picture Study and we always have a featured artist and featured works by that artist that we are “studying” each term.  We use that term loosely, as studying is really more of an “appreciation” and something to be enjoyed.  Often we will listen to a piece of classical music pertaining to that term’s history period (usually the same as the period of the artist in focus) as we enjoy looking at these lovely paintings, sculptures or sketches.

We love art and try to make time in our home learning schedule to make art, view art, read about the artists, learn about their place in history etc.  It’s a joy not a chore.  I would encourage anyone curious about beginning to study or create art to just jump in and go for it.

We were created to be creative… made in the image of the Creator.

© Una-Melina // Worthy Books & Things, 2013.