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Re: my book

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Bicyclken_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Thu Jul 15 2004 - 17:23:31 PDT


Well, It has finally come to an end. The "book" that I have been writing
with my old friend and colleague Bob Capitolo is going to be published. We are
hassling with the editor over words and phrases and I will tell you it is no
picnic. Sterling publishing is in New York and we have to talk by e-mail and
sending things. They seem to think that they can change things at will and we
are trying to keep it as we wrote it. They asked for much new material and
then tell you it was too long and then shortened it. However!!!!!!! we have seen
some samples and it looks pretty good, well actually, very good.

They have not set an actual date for the printing but we have heard November
or so. The book is about doing drawing projects and is written for the
general public, yet we write these things like lesson plans with step by step
procedures and examples along the way. We both have been teaching for over 33-35
years and we feel this is a start to give a little back to the community what we
have learned. We wanted to make the book for just teachers but this is how
it came out and I still think it will be good for the teacher at middle or high
school level.

When it comes to the stores it will be around 100 pages and sell for $19.95.
They made up the title "Drawing Course 101" The projects that we cover are:
Contours and Smudge Shading, Drawing on gessoed board with texture,
Scratchborad, pen and ink drawing using crosshatching, a Montage drawing with pencil using
crosshatching and smudge shading, Nonobjective color pencil drawing and
Portraits with toned paper and charcoal. The chapters are very detailed and show
many practice steps we use and teaching strategies. There also is a chapter on
composition, color theory, terms, complete glossary, drawing techniques and
perspective.

I will be showing it at the next National if my proposal is accepted. If you
are interested in getting this, Bob and I can get copies for ourselves and
sell them. My wife has been on my case for years to do this and stop just
giving my ideas away but I have enjoyed doing this with my friend and we have
worked on this for a few years so it is pretty complete.

We want to do some more, but we like to be more in charge of the final
product. So, we are working on doing several CD's that will have a complete text
area for procedures, history, tests, grading rubrics, as well as power point
presentations of techniques and demonstrations and finally a gallery of student
and our own work. We will sell the CD's ourselves and not publish them. We
are following the California State Standards but these are similar to most other
states.

Ken Schwab

Art teacher
Leigh High School
San Jose CA

Website: http://.www.room3art.com/

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