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Draw Real Animals – Beginning Artists

Draw Real Animals!

Help for Beginning Artists


Most of us are not confident art teachers and when you homeschool you realize how important it is to have great resources to fill in where you are lacking. We used the book, Draw Real Animals by Lee Hammond to provide step by step lessons in drawing life-like animals. My sons both worked through this book as part of a term’s art skills plan and they created amazingly good art for their ages. I know many of you are on the lookout for a good drawing tutorial book for your art resource library. I highly recommend this particular one. You can see a few more of my suggestions at the bottom of this post.

Draw Real Animals 1

I loved the way the book helped them learn to see how drawing animals is easier when you start by seeing the shapes.

Draw Real Animals 2

They simply used pencils and paper along with the book to learn how to shade and show fur texture.

Draw Real Animals 3

This bear was done by my son when he was 11 years old.

Draw Real Animals 4

Here is another look at another lesson from the Draw Real Animals book. I love how the different noses turned out.

Draw Real Animals 5

Looking back on these drawings I can see my sons’ emerging style of drawing. Even though they use the book as a model and try to copy what they see, there is still an individuality that shines through.

In my opinion, learning to draw is a process that is helped along the way by lessons that show how to achieve a desired result. This book that we purchased way back in 2006 has served our family well.

We highly recommend it for your family if you have a child that wants to learn to draw real animals.


Other Drawing Resources You May Wish to Use

Mark Kistler Draw Squad– Read how I use this resource in my family and in the Harmony Fine Arts plans.

Drawing With Children-Think of it as Art Copywork– Here is a more in-depth post about how copying great art is a stepping stone to learning to draw.

Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling – This post over on my other blog features a more in-depth look and lessons on learning to draw things in nature.

Please note these are Amazon affiliate links to products I have used and love!

The Usborne Art Treasury: Pictures, Paintings, and Projects

The Usborne Art Treasury: Pictures, Paintings, and Projects

A Quick Review


There are many simple to use art appreciation resources available, but one that’s been used in my family and I continue to recommend is The Usborne Art Treasury by Rosie Dickins.  Readers often ask me what books to purchase for their art appreciation library and I always suggest taking a look at this resource.

The Usborne Art Treasury

Here are some specific reasons I enjoy this art resource:


  • Large, clear images of artwork featured.
  • A narrative that gives some interesting tidbits about the artwork and/or the artist.


  • Follow-up art projects based on the featured painting using art supplies and materials readily available.
  • Clear instructions that will give confidence to even beginning artists (and their moms!).
  • A variety of artists and art styles that will appeal to a wide range of ages.
  • 22 projects to spread out over the course of an entire school year or even over multiple years.
  • Projects can be done in any order and with very little preparation time.
  • Perfect for families to use all together and feel successful.


If you would like to read more of my art book suggestions, here is a link to a post I wrote a few years ago: Art Books: My Suggestions for a Basic Library.


Harmony Fine Arts Grade 1 Art and Music Plans @harmonyfinearts.org

Note: This book is featured in my Harmony Fine Arts grade 1 art appreciation plans.

You can view a sample of these plans here: Harmony Fine Arts Grade 1 Sample

Child-Size Masterpieces – Resources for Art Appreciation



Don’t miss the link to the updated post below!

I’m working my way through all of my posts in the archives and making sure the most valuable of posts are brought to light in 2018. This week I’d love for you to take a look at one of my favorite, simple to use art appreciation resources, Child Size Masterpieces. I reviewed these cards over a decade ago and I still feel just as strongly today that they’re worth looking at for your family.

Child Size Masterpieces (postcard size pieces of art on sturdy cardstock) are an inexpensive and effective way to allow children to see with their eyes and touch with their hands great art from the most famous of artists.

Please click over and read my updated information about this resource that I highly recommend to all families.

Child Size Masterpieces- How to Use


HFA Grade 1 Cover Image

You may be interested in knowing that I use the Child Size Masterpieces in my Harmony Fine Arts Grade 1 Plans. These plans give you a schedule for viewing them with your children over the course of a school year. If you want to have a pre-made plan, click over and see the sample for Harmony Fine Arts Grade 1.

As an extra incentive, here is a discount code to get you started. Use the code below and receive $5 off your purchase of any Harmony Fine Arts plans, Grades 1-8.

Discount Code: archive5


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