I think I’ve mentioned before that my artistic skills are lacking. My level is stick people. I can draw a decent stick person. More than that is pushing it. I remember one time when Avery was 3 or 4 and we were drawing. I drew a shark and she asked me what it was. I told her and she thought about it for a minute. She said “Well, if you tell me that it’s an airplane, I’ll say it’s really good.” Apparently, it was a pretty bad shark but my sweet lady didn’t want to say that. So, that pretty much says it all about my artistic capabilities.
So when I find a step by step book that helps my little ladies (and maybe me too) learn drawing basics, I am all in with it! Timberdoodle’s Draw + Learn Faces was a definite hit with us! Recommended ages are 3-6. I used it with my 7 and 4 year olds.
This book is included in the Preschool Curriculum Kit but I have it on good authority that it is helpful to anyone who needs a step by step drawing guide (ages up to….uh, 32 at least). The book starts with pages focusing on each facial feature and different ways to draw them. The kiddos get to practice each of those individually before combining them later on in the book. My girls loved the silly aspect of drawing faces on flowers, potatoes, ice cream cones, etc. I loved that it added to their imagination and creativity. Reminded them that they could make any inanimate object into a character.
There are several pages towards the end with blank frames for them to combine what they have learned and draw their own faces (theirs or just their own creations). Before using this book, my girls each had one way that they tended to always draw certain facial features (whether that was my own poor art direction or just habit). I loved how this helped them to branch out and gave several different examples of how to draw each feature. Eyes with eyebrows. Eyes with lashes. With glasses. Full lips. Smiles with teeth and without. My other favorite thing about this book is the doodle aspect. How intimidating would it be to learn to draw in a professionally illustrated book? I love that the pictures in this book are drawn in a doodle format. Simple lines and shapes put together to make faces. Bright, bold colors but not too much intricate detail. I think that really helped the girls own the drawings.
Draw + Learn: Faces was another Timberdoodle win for this family! There are others in the series including places, animals, and people. I am planning on getting those too….maybe for an upcoming birthday or Easter baskets. Paired with a new set of colored pencils and it would make a super cute gift!
We received a copy of this book from Timberdoodle to review. All opinions are my own.