This is the time of year when I do a clean sweep of our shelves and make portfolios with the boys. We often discuss as we do this what we liked and didn’t like from the past school year. The boys unanimously agree that they like the Complete-A-Sketch workbooks from Insight Technical Education.
These have been a great tool for my boys in their drawing skills curriculum. The workbook is set up so there is a small completed sketch in one corner and then there are several guides marks on the larger portion of the page where the child will duplicate the sketch at the top. The back of the book describes it as “complex dot-to-dot” but I have found them to be challenging for my very technically apt middle and high school age boys.
Edit to add 2/17/10: You can now purchase a CD with all of the drawing assignments to print out for multiple students. This will save you some money. I actually purchased the Advanced Complete a Sketch CD for my high school age boys. It includes not only drawing assignments but 3D paper models to build and access to bonus projects.
They have learned to use a straight edge and circle template with these workbooks. I have expected neat and careful work. These assignments are considered “fun” by my boys.
We will be ordering and completing the Advanced Complete-A-Sketch program for next year.
I would recommend these workbooks for middle schoolers and above. I purchased the first book from Rainbow Resource and the second one I purchased from Miller Pads and Papers. You might look for these at your local homeschooling convention. I would recommend getting one workbook for each child since this is something you can not share.
Barb-Harmony Art Mom