Catherine will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner, and a another winner will receive a print copy of How to Draw Cool Stuff (international) both via rafflecopter during the tour,
How to Draw Cool Stuff: Holidays, Seasons and Events is a step-by-step drawing guide that illustrates popular celebrations, holidays and events for your drawing pleasure. From the Chinese New Year to April Fools' Day, Father's Day to Halloween, Christmas and New Year’s Eve - this book covers over 100 fun days, holidays, seasons and events, and offers simple lessons that will teach you how to draw like a pro and get you in the spirit of whichever season it may be!
This book evolved out of necessity. After exploring art catalogs and libraries and wading through the "how to draw" section of book stores, I found a few good resources but none that had all the qualities I was looking for in a drawing book. Some ideas were too basic and often insulting to my older, more artistic students. Other material seemed to serve as a showcase for beautiful artwork but lacked any concrete instruction.
As a "travelling" art teacher with a limited budget and limited preparation time, I need a single resource that is easy to transport and can be used to teach all levels of students from middle school to high school and beyond. This book was created to fill that need and I want to share it with teachers and artists in similar situations. These projects will allow you to bring interesting and informative lessons that offer clear objectives and foster achievement without the need for expensive/multi-dimensional supplies: a regular pencil and eraser is all that is needed (sometimes a ruler or fine pen). Fancy art pencils, costly paper or kneaded erasers are not required for success. All pages have been student tested and approved.
How to Draw Cool Stuff Review
Normally, I don’t do reviews because often I don’t read the genre and believe my opinion won’t be helpful. I do like to draw and would like to be better at it, so How to Draw Cool Stuff sounded like a fun read.
Author Catherine V. Holmes starts with an excellent preface that explains why we need art. She organizes the books by months of the years and significant holidays in each month. It isn’t a picture book with pages of sketches. It is more of a hands on guide book that takes you through each illustration.
I like the aspect that she builds on what you already know. It is written at a level that both children and adults can easily read and use the book. The real test was sitting down and trying to draw following the instructions. The results were amazingly good considering all I could find was a sticky note and an ink pen.
This is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to draw. It also lends itself to school, home school, children’s groups, even a day spent with the grandparents. As the person who used to shelf the drawing books in the library, this book is so much better than what’s currently out there.
I was given this book for a free and unbiased review.
Catherine V. Holmes is an art/ELA teacher and visual artist from historical Plymouth, Massachusetts. She studied at Boston University and at Bridgewater State College where she earned her BFA and MA in ED. She is currently working towards her second Master's from the University of Scranton. Catherine Holmes specializes in portraits, architecture and illustrations. Her art is inspired by her feelings, ideas, and experiences, whether they are found in nature, the media or in man-made structures. Catherine is also heavily influenced by the interests and suggestions of her students. "To see success through their eyes inspires me to be a better teacher and creator of art."
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/How-Draw-Cool-Stuff-Holidays/dp/0692661980
Series Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B00UNEFTYU