Drawing with Hand, Head, and Heart

A Natural Approach to Learning the Art of Drawing

Van James

Softbound

Hundreds of full-color and black-and-white illustrations

$30.00

This beautiful book is so packed with the richness of life and a zest for beauty that the fact that it is also the best guide to learning how to draw and teaching children to draw that I’ve ever seen comes almost as a surprising bonus.  As you feast your eyes on one delightful, beautiful drawing after another, you can’t help but be inspired to try your own hand at drawing, and to pass along what you learn.  But, remarkably, this is only part of the genius of Drawing with Hand, Head, and Heart.

Drawing with Hand, Head, and Heart is a comprehensive and practical guide to the art of drawing and to the process of visual thinking that is part of our full human intelligence. More than 500 illustrated exercises and examples—collected and developed over many years of Waldorf classroom experience—show teachers, parents, and students how to learn to draw simply and naturally, as a child would learn to draw.

The introduction examines contemporary research on brain development and its relationship to learning, showing how the process of picture making contributes to the development of visual thinking. An overview follows about how children learn to draw and how their visual intelligence can be engaged through age-appropriate drawing exercises. Many useful examples of form drawing, portraiture, and geometric and perspective drawing illustrate the art and science of drawing for students of all ages and ability levels.

Van James also provides samples of inspiring blackboard drawings and main lesson book pages for teachers and students and includes an informative appendix on therapeutic drawing, a bibliography of resources, and an index. Includes 576 color and black and white illustrations.

  1. I really love this book! Reading it is such an inspiration! It is full of beautiful illustrations. I love it’s developmental approach to teaching art and it’s emphasis on practical advice to those working with children. The form drawing sections are detailed with illustrations and give the reader an understanding of the importance of doing them. By the way, form drawing is not just for kids, adults can benefit from it as well. I love the section on the changing child and interesting ways to approach drawing for children age ten to teens. This is an age when children may be more inclined to give up drawing all together.

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