Mark Kistler’s Draw Squad

Draw Squad @harmonyfinearts

Learning to draw can be an adventure. For my boys it has always been about making things look real…at least since about age 8. The want realistic cars, planes, houses, animals. They want results!

I was introduced to Mark Kistler’s Draw Squad many years ago when my oldest son, now 18, wanted to learn to draw in 3-D. Take a look at his website and get a feel for how he teaches drawing. There are many art lessons for free to have your child give a try. If you are in an area where he is teaching a summer art camp, I highly recommend them. My two sons attending two summers ago and they had a blast and so did everyone else that attended. Mark Kistler is very entertaining and has a lot to offer children of all ages. He encouraged the parents to stay and draw with their children and I enjoyed the chance to play with 3-D.

I would highly recommend Mark Kistler’s Draw Squad to anyone interested in a fun and easy way to learn step-by-step how to learn to draw in 3-D. He also teaches all the common art elements such as shadow, shading, and density.

A’s Drawing with 3-D
B’s Drawing with 3-D
Mom’s Drawing in 3-D

Drawing and sketching are such important skills for everyone. It is never too late to give it a try. I took my first drawing class at age 39 and I regret not doing it sooner. Your children will use these skills for the rest of their lives. I found with my children that at around age 8 or 9 they wanted to draw things more realistically. I think this book helped them to get past stick figure drawing and sparked their interest in learning to draw even better.

If you have any doubt about the influence of Mark Kistler’s books on a young artist, you need to just look at these drawings my son made last week when he was down with the flu.

How about this one?

We have been through Kistler’s book Draw Squad several times and it has greatly increased our family’s ability to see in things and then draw them. My son enjoys creating his own little worlds with his drawings and there is always plenty of humor.
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