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There are many commercial drawing books that you can find at a good book
store such as Dalton's or Barnes and Noble on basic drawing. Betty Edward's
Drawing On the Right Side Of The Brain comes to mind. Also a book by Jack
Hamm(sp?) on basic drawing. Watson also has a book on basic drawing. I'm going
through the book on Jack Hamm with 3rd through fifth graders leading them into
still lifes, gesture drawing, and 1, 2 and 3 pt. perspective. You could
alternate the mediums used from charcoal drawings, different pencil drawings
instructing them on the soft pencils and hard ones, conte drawings and pastel
Always build on the basics like brick layers and everyone will feel more
comfortable. Lead each lesson and reinforce from the following lesson. We're
drawing apples in fifth grade and I'm expounding on gradual shading. We'll be
doing magazine cut half portraits which I'll provide, in lue of them gradually
shading the face the way they did the apple. They have to cut 1/2 of the
magazine portrait out, glue it down and draw the other half with pencil.
I hope this helps.