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Paperback8.5 x 11, 312 pages, with full-color and black-and-white illustrations

The ultimate guide to nature drawing and journaling! A potent combination of art, science, and boundless enthusiasm, the latest art instruction book from John Muir Laws (The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds) is a how-to guide for becoming a better artist and a more attentive naturalist. In straightforward text complemented by step-by-step illustrations, dozens of exercises lead the hand and mind through creating accurate reproductions of plants and animals as well as landscapes, skies, and more. Laws provides clear, practical advice for every step of the process for artists at every level, from the basics of choosing supplies to advanced techniques. While the book’s advice will improve the skills of already accomplished artists, the emphasis on seeing, learning, and feeling will make this book valuable—even revelatory—to anyone interested in the natural world, no matter how rudimentary their artistic abilities.

The information is organized and nicely presented for being such a large book. And, wow, there is a lot in there! Many ways for any art and nature lover to enjoy this book. Middle and high school teachers and students can easily use this as a resource to create lesson plans in art, science, and creative writing. It is a true idea sparker.

Heyday Books/ John Muir Laws provided this book to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Coloring and pop-ups, together at last!
 
First, color the animals in the eight double-page spreads. Then find the pop-up parts in the folder in the back of the book. Color them, then press them out. Fold and glue to the spreads as directed. Presto! You’ve made your own pop-ups!
 
The press-outs’ folder can be hidden once you’ve finished. It’s a great rainy day project, and lots of fun for kids – and parents!

Nicely done with images that are simple but interesting. The pages are just the right thickness for coloring and folding. A pocket in the back keeps pop-up parts stored until ready to complete. This is a great resource for kindergarten and first grade home school art or for family time fun. Highly recommend.

 

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Whether you’re an animal lover or a grammar geek, illustrator Matt Sewell has the perfect menagerie of beasts (and beast-related terms) for your reading pleasure. Along with fifty-five gorgeous color illustrations, Sewell presents the unexpected collective nouns used to describe groups of animals on land, in the air, and in the water. Discover the secret behind a “sleuth of bears,” keep your eyes open for a “watch of nightingales,” and learn something new about a “school of whales.” Illustrated in inimitable watercolor, this book makes a great gift for nature and art lovers everywhere.

Size: 5.6″ x 7.6″, hardcover

Pages: 144
Short text and super watercolor illustrations. This is a fun book. It would be useful for home school science or art or even creative writing. A nice gift for an animal or nature fan. Recommend.

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Ages: 4 & up This deluxe text includes 59 favorite children’s Bible stories. Each story is written at an elementary level, yet stays true to God’s Word. There are 36 stories from the Old Testament and 23 from the New Testament, followed by discussion questions along with delightful art lessons at the end of each story. (Lessons vary in length and level of difficulty, making them easily adaptable for multi-age level groups from preschool to middle grades.) Art & the Bible for Children is wonderfully illustrated by homeschoolers! This hardbound text is in full color with glossy pages, bringing out the quality of the colorful artwork.

Art & the Bible for Children - By: Barry Stebbing

What I think: It is okay for bible lesson plans but not art lesson plans. This hardcover book with 275 page provides a very brief art activity for each subject/story. There is no “how to” art instruction and there is a lack of imagination and creativity overall. Nice book but not what I was looking for based on the title of this book. 

 

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Paperback, 64 pages, July 2017

In this new installment of Lee J. Ames’s beloved Draw 50 series, readers will find easy-to-follow, step-by-step visual lessons on sketching and rendering all kinds of sea and ocean-dwelling creatures. Animals and plants from in and near the water featured in the book include clownfish, whale sharks, sea otters, dolphins, turtles and more.

Draw 50 is a step-by-step way to draw and uses only visual lessons, so don’t expect any text in this book. I appreciate this simple method of creating by observation. Each drawing is shown in 6-8 steps on a single page. The selection of sea creatures are not arranged in a any particular order but there is a single content page at the beginning to make it easy to find your subject. Each sea creature is named. Great addition to the home school art class. This is a beginner’s level book. 

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Colored Pencil Painting Portraits provides straightforward solutions to the problems that artists face in creating lifelike images, and will prime readers on the intricacies of color, texture, shadow, and light as they interplay with the human form. In this truly comprehensive guide packed with step-by-step demonstrations, Nickelsen considers working from photo references versus live models; provides guidance on posing and lighting, as well as planning and composing a work; discusses tools, materials, and revolutionary layering techniques; and offers lessons on capturing gesture and expression and on rendering facial and body features of people of all age groups and skin tones.

Paperback, 192 pages

This book has big, lovely-to-look-at illustrations. It could be a super resource for the artist and the home school art classrooms, but it didn’t work for me. Too much heavy writing and not enough something else. Will donate and hope to make someone’s day. 

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★★★★★Recommend picture book. My three year old was attentive to this alternate retelling of the classic Prince and the Pauper story. It is a pleasant story that examines curiosity in a positive way. Gratitude is also expressed in this picture book. Easy rhyme text and sweet illustrations have made it an often requested read.

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