How to Draw Cool Stuff

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About the Book by Catherine V. Holmes

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!

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The Book Details:

Inside you will find specific exercises that offer step-by-step guidelines for drawing a variety of subjects. Each lesson starts with an easy-to-draw shape that will become the basic structure of the drawing. From there, each step adds elements to that structure, allowing the artist to build on their creation and make a more detailed image.

Each art project comes with a chart including information that the artist should be able to KNOW (facts, basic skills), UNDERSTAND (big ideas, concepts, essential questions), and therefore be able to DO (final assessment, performance, measurements of objectives) by the end of the lesson.

This additional information gives these pages more power than just ‘art for art’s sake’ – not that you need it – because art is important enough on its own! Artists are learning about themselves as expressive souls through the process of creating beautiful and interesting work.

The best part is, this is stuff that artists want to draw.

Information for Teachers using this Book:

Teachers can feel confident that they are using instructional time in ways that make a difference for their students when using this guide. Each lesson includes easy-to-follow instruction where the whole process is viewed through a sequence of detailed illustrations that can be linked to historical connections, your curriculum learning standards or adapted into an arts integration lesson. You decide how intense to make each project.

The projects can be differentiated to respond to students’ diverse learning styles through a mixture of visuals and text.

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About the Author

Author Photo Catherine HolmesCatherine 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.”

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4 Responses to How to Draw Cool Stuff

  1. I’ve always thought you were ‘born with’ the ability to draw. I might have to give this a try and see if I can come up with something that resembles what I was attempting! This would be wonderful if it is something you can learn.

  2. The idea that drawing can be learned is intriguing. I wonder how much practice it takes to learn fine skills such as proper shadowing, etc.

  3. TG Franklin

    I love drawing & painting, even though I never thought I had any skill for it. Yes, I think my stuff is bad, but I love doing it, which is what I think art is about – the passion to create. But, I have purchased books to help me learn techniques and color theory, etc., so I’m definitely in the camp of just because it’s bad now, doesn’t mean it can’t get better.