Sketching Outdoors in Spring

Sketching Outdoors in Spring

by Jim Arnosky

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Arnosky is known for widening young readers' perceptions of the abundance of nature. Succeeding Drawing from Nature and Drawing Life in Motion, the author's third guide gently teaches children to see and record emerging life in March and April. Quick sketches and detailed drawings show budding wild flowers, birds, flowing streams and animals, and many other sights around Arnosky's rural home in Vermont. These vital scenes are accompanied by the artist's practical advice (take a minimum of supplies; wear gloves if it's cold), techniques and pointers that the writer's friendly, informal approach make easy to grasp. There is further inspiration in descriptions of howo and why each wonder commends itself to an artist's eye. Ages 10-up. (March)
School Library Journal
Gr 6-8 Another lovely book in which the artist-naturalist shares his pleasure in sketching the world around him. Two typefaces define the dual purpose of the booklarge print paragraphs describe Arnosky's personal experience in sketching trees, brooks, emerging spring flowers, and woodland animals; small print notes give general suggestions on drawing technique. Like his earlier Drawing from Nature (Lothrop, 1982) , the book successfully conveys the aesthetic pleasure of sketching and demonstrates how important a focused awareness of the observed world is to the artist. However, this book is less successful in describing the techniques which translate observation into a sketch. The drawing sugestions tend to be vague and subjective, so while this book can give readers a great deal of pleasure, it is not as successful at teaching drawing technique. Unlike other authors who teach simple tricks and patterns in drawing, Arnosky focuses on awareness and the connections that artists make to the objects they draw. He assumes a level of knowledge and experience beyond the scope of many young readers. While this limits the book's usefulness as a drawing book, the combination of text and beautifully executed drawings could inspire young readers, artists or not, to go into the spring woods and really look at the world around them. Eleanor K. MacDonald, Palos Verdes Lib . Dist . , Calif.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
9.62(w) x 11.27(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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