One of my favorite learning to draw books is Mona Brooke’s Drawing with Children. You should see my copy of the book. It has highlights, underlining, notes in the margins, and asterisks to remind me where I read points that I want to remember.
The “Before You Draw” section is one of the most important parts of the book for the parent/teacher. In this section she takes the myths about drawing and gives us sound reasons why we need to look at teaching children to draw with a new light.
Here is a marvelous quote from page 11:
“We need to stop mystifying the drawing process and explain to students how artists actually achieve the results they do. For instance, Picasso and Michelangelo both copied other artists’ work for at least two years as part of their initial art training.” She wrote this in response to the myth that “real artists draw from their imaginations and don’t need to coy things”. She then says, “They(artists) make sketches from other drawings and photographs, rearrange things, add ideas from their imagination, and create what is considered an original piece of artwork.”
Aha! This is something we can do with our children. If you do picture study in your home, this can be the first step to learning to draw. View the artwork, study it, sketch it, rearrange it, add to it, make it your own. This is something everyone can try at home.