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Friday, July 19, 2013

New Book by Van James: Drawing with Hand, Head and Heart

LInk to the cover of the book

Drawing with Hand, Head, and Heart is a comprehensive and practical guide to the art of drawing
and to the process of visual thinking that is part of our full human intelligence. More than 500 illustrated
exercises and examples, collected and developed over many years of Waldorf classroom experience, show
teachers, parents, and students how to learn to draw simply and naturally, as a child would learn to draw.
The introduction examines contemporary research on brain development and its relationship to learning,
showing how the process of picture-making contributes to the development of visual thinking. An overview
follows of how children learn to draw, and how their visual intelligence can be engaged through age-appropriate
drawing exercises. Many useful examples of form drawing, portraiture, and geometric and perspective
drawing illustrate the art and science of drawing for students of all ages and ability levels. Van James also
provides samples of inspiring blackboard drawings and main lesson book pages for teachers and students, and
includes an informative appendix on therapeutic drawing, a bibliography of resources, and an index.