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Best Drawing and Art Books for Kids

Updated on December 30, 2014

Learning to draw and paint are great skills for kids to have. Art is a fun addition to a homeschool curriculum. There are lots of drawing and art books available to buy. These are some great books that I have that teach drawing and painting techniques and are especially good for homeschool use. These books can provide a foundation for children and prepare them for more complex drawing books and techniques aimed at middle and high school age kids.

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Draw Write Now: The Draw Write Now books are a great step-by-step introduction to drawing. They're good for homeschool as well because they incorporate writing practice. The books are best for kindergarten to 3rd grade.

1-2-3 Draw Series: This is another great introductory series for the early grades. Some books focus on cartoon drawing (1-2-3 Draw Cartoon Animals) and some on more realistic drawings (Ex. 1-2-3 Draw Wild Animals and 1-2-3 Draw People). The step-by-step instructions are very easy for young children to follow and they create a good foundation for more complicated drawing books.

1-2-3 Draw Cartoon Faces: Faces are difficult to draw. This book is good preparation for drawing more realistic looking faces later on.

How to Draw Faces (Dover How to Draw): This book is probably the best introduction to something resembling a real face. This book is best for children who already have good drawing skills and are ready for more complicated exercises. It can be used by older elementary age kids.

Art for Kids: Drawing: The Only Drawing Book You'll Ever Need to Be the Artist You've Always Wanted to Be: This book is listed for ages 8 and up. The book has intro exercises like lines and shapes and more advanced techniques like perspective and shading. I think this book is best for children who are already good at basic drawing and are looking to build on their skills. I wouldn't use it as an introduction to drawing.

How to teach drawing and art to kids
How to teach drawing and art to kids

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Teaching Art with Books Kids Love: Art Elements, Appreciation, and Design with Award-Winning Books: This is an excellent introduction to drawing and painting techniques aimed at 3rd to 6th graders. The book is very comprehensive starting with typical line and shape drawing exercises before moving onto more complex concepts like movement and contrast. It also covers artistic styles like Realism and Surrealism. This book is a great resource for homeschoolers and teachers. It's best for children who already have a good foundation in drawing from simpler books.

Watercolor: For the Artistically Undiscovered: Unfortunately, this book is out of print but you can still buy it used or you may find it in the library. It's a great introduction to watercolor painting for older elementary age kids. Again, this book is best for kids who have some foundation in drawing. The book covers concepts like mixing colors, perspective, light and shadows and painting a still life.

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    • Learn Things Web profile imageAUTHOR

      Learn Things Web 

      4 years ago from California

      macteacher,

      I wish I'd learned. That's why I'm doing a lot with my own kids.

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      Wendy Golden 

      4 years ago from New York

      Thank you for a great resource. I can't draw, and sometimes I want my classes to do some drawing on the computers. I'm going to try some of these books. Voted up! :-)

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