Art has never been a problem in our homeschool. It’s something we include in our monthly regime in some way, shape or form. This year, I wanted to work on drawing. Since all my kids have different interests and likes, we needed a resource on how to draw anything. Does that even exist?
Yes, yes it does.
I received a copy of the book How to Draw Almost Anything in exchange for an honest review from Timberdoodle. They are one of my favorite companies for unique homeschooling resources.
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What is How to Draw Almost Anything?
This is a beautiful book by artist Chika Miyata. Each section of the book gives oodles of drawing instructions. There’s facial expressions, food, vehicles, clothing, buildings…over 2000 things to draw actually. You kids canNOT say they have nothing to draw. This book as (almost) everything!
The step-by-step instructions are so simple and easy to follow. No one here has gotten frustrated or confused as with some drawing books and resources we’ve used. This one gives you immediate results.
Sprinkled here and there in the book is a drawing challenge where you child will draw something a little more complex. Having these challenges sporadically helps to not overwhelm the kids and they gain a ton of confidence this way too!
We loved that we could find all the things we wanted to draw (and then some!) and complete a drawing within just a few minutes–free of drama! 🙂
What How to Draw Almost Anything is not…
This book is not a complete art curriculum…but it totally could be! How to Draw Almost Anything is part of Timberdoodle’s 9th grade curriculum kit. They pair it with another drawing book to make it a complete art course. Here’s how you could get your 1/2 credit of high school art using How to Draw Almost Anything. (60 hours credit–typical for 9th grade)
- Add in a sketchbook and nice drawing pencils. Ask you kids to do a 10 minute sketch from the book each day. They could add text to the drawings too and make it more of an art journal. 10 minutes a day would add up to about 30 hours credit.
- Combine How to Draw Almost Anything with an online course. We’re offering an art course that would be perfect for your high school and middle school students. In Studying Under the Masters, you’ll learn all about the life of Van Gogh and create TONS of art based on his techniques.
- Have your kids read a biography or memoir of a famous artist. You could even take it further and have them do a report about the artist in their sketchbook with text and drawings to tell the story of the artist. A few ideas for artist literature:
- For your older kids:
- For your younger kids:
There’s so much you could do with How To Draw Almost Anything. It’s simple to use, but the depth of subject matter is deep! We have loved using this book.