Normally I have harsh words for so-called educational workbooks you find at Costco. (The phrase “soul-crushing” comes to mind.) I’m not a big fan of workbooks in general, unless you are going to be trapped with your kids on an airplane, and in that case –load up! But Let’s Make Some Great Art, by Marion Deuchars is different.
Repetitive sentence-phrasing alert! Normally, I don’t include pictures of the insides of books because I try to stay vigilant about not infringing on copyrights, but you really have to see inside Let’s Make Some Great Art to see why I like it so much.
There are lots of “how-to” drawing tutorials…
…as well as several art history lessons and introductions to famous artists.
I was actually quite tempted to buy two of these books; one for Bruce(7) and one for myself. But since I’m not exactly sure when I would find time for myself to draw, I just bought one book and put it in Bruce’s summer basket.
As it turns out, my mom had purchased Marion Deuchar’s Let’s Make Some Great Placemat Art to keep at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. It’s a lot less educational, but still fun. Let’s Make some great Placemat Art would be a good choice for an emergent reader…or anyone facing a long car-trip this summer with kids in the backseat.