As an art teacher, I know that anyone who wants to draw can--it is simply a matter of interest and opportunity. So many parents I talk to did not have that opportunity as children. Even they did, too many were discouraged by well-meaning teachers, family or friends who convinced them they were not "talented." I do not want this to happen to yet another generation of children.
My intention in writing this book is to encourage children of all ages (and adults) to explore their natural drawing ability. Unlike other drawing books that provide instruction on how to draw a specific way or draw a specific thing, my book begins at the point when a pencil is placed on paper and the first mark is made. Students see immediate success through a series of progressive exercises that are fun and easily accomplished. Each lesson provides a verbal explanation of the concept, followed by visual illustrations and finally, a hands-on exercise. Because we must learn to "see" before we can draw well, the emphasis in the beginning of the workbook is on improving eye/hand coordination. Subsequent exercises progress through capturing movement and space, light and shadow, depth and distance, and adding color. The final section focuses on putting all the lessons together to create a pleasing composition.
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A lover of art since childhood, Judith Albright has been a recognized and dedicated artist since she won her first prize in drawing at age six. Following her dream, she earned a BFA in Art Education from the University of Denver and an MA in Art History from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Over the years she has taught art in both the public school system and various private organizations and com-munity colleges in Colorado.
Today she writes and publishes educational workbooks for people of all ages who truly have a desire to draw. She also teaches drawing and design for adults as a method of reducing stress and depression through right brain access.
Judith loves to draw anything and everything, and many of her illustrations appear in these workbooks. In recent years her work has focused on animals and the special bond that can exist between them and humansReview:
"The book is easy to follow and offers a wide variety of activities." -- Learning Magazine, 9th Annual Teachers' Choice Award Program 2003
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