You Can Draw It in Just 30 Minutes by Mark Kistler is part of the Timberdoodle line of curriculum. This drawing book is targeted for 5th through 12th grade. Students will have fun drawing a wide range of stuff, from frogs to soup cans. The goal of each lesson is to, "See It and Sketch It in a Half-Hour or Less."
There are 25 lessons that your student can draw including:
- Tomatoes in a Basket
- Bell Pepper
- Cell Phone
- Soup Can
- Wine Bottle
- Tree Frog
- Teddy Bear
- Grocery Bag
- Wedding Cake
- Ballet Slippers
Each lesson is intended to take 30-minutes. At the beginning of each lesson your student is told what drawing tools they will need to complete the lesson. I am going to sort of walk you through, Lesson 1. There is always a funny quip on the first page of the lesson. For the banana the quip is,
Isn't this an aPEELing photo? Lucky me - I can't
hear you groaning.
The shapes in the banana are given.
On the next page, there is a deconstructed banana.
There are also some pretty amazing hacks
to help draw a banana. Tips and techniques
such as shading and a technique called a "flip tip" are explained.
On the next page is a four-sectioned blueprint on how to draw a banana.
Each section has a small stop-watch giving the estimate with
about how long it will take for each step. The four steps are entitled,
Draw Your Blueprint
Shape the Shapes
See the Light
On the next page is
Your Drawing Page
We chose to use our own paper instead of writing in the book.
The next page is a Bonus Challenge: Practice Folds. At the end
of each lesson there is a challenge for the students. For Lesson 1,
it is a ribbon. There is a 5-step instructional tutorial for this challenge.
Here is the picture of the completed banana!
Here is my daughter working on Lesson 16 ~ Wine Bottle
My 11-year-old daughter had a lot of fun drawing with this book. She liked all of the
helpful tips, techniques, and hacks given to help make drawing a bit easier.
Often time it took her right at 30 minutes. She was quite proud of
her final accomplishments.
The completed Wine Bottle.
Bonus Challenge: Thumbs Up!
At the end of the book your student will find a Glossary of Art Terms Used in This Book. I would recommend You Can Draw It in Just 30 Minutes. Definitely check it out!