Simply Draw with Bob Parsons

You Can Simply Draw with Bob Parsons – review by Richele of Under the Golden Apple Tree

Release Date: 2010
Genre(s): Art
Publisher(s): Bob Parsons
Rating: 5
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You Can Simply Draw with Bob Parsons – review by Richele of Under the Golden Apple Tree

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Simply Draw with Bob ParsonsI have been looking for an art curriculum for my 5th and 7th grader.  At that age you want to find something that beyond making a puppet out of a paper bag but not as advanced as painting a replica of the Mona Lisa.  I had long considered signing them up for a drawing class at our local art museum since I thought drawing would be of interest to both kids and help them explore the world of art on their own terms.  But what do I know, I can barely draw a straight line with a ruler.

As part of the Timberdoodle Blogger Review Team, I had the opportunity to review Simply Draw with Bob Parsons.  I jumped at the chance since I did not want to pay for costly drawing lessons that my kids would end of thinking was lame.  However could Simply Draw with Bob Parsons replace art lessons or sufficiently teach children art in a home where the mom still draws stick figures?

I had high hopes because I have yet to find a product on Timberdoodle that was a dud.  Timberdoodle sells the quality, creative and fun educational items.  The name, Timberdoodle, says trust in a whimsy fashion that I find irresistible.  Could I count on Timberdoodle to provide a drawing program even I could teach?

When my package arrived I tore into it like a child on Christmas morning.  The pages were nice and thick and already came 3 hold punched to easily put in a binder.  In fact, you are even provided a cover page and side bar page for your binder…it’s the little things people..the little things.  I immediately put the book in a binder and looked through every page.  I loved the playful attitude of the book.  I was very impressed with how the book taught you to use short parallel lines to create texture, shading and shadows.  I always wondered how they did that?  Oh and did you catch that I said the book “taught”.  This book requires no knowledge from the parent!  Now that’s the kind of curriculum I’m talking about!  Can I get an “Amen”?

The book goes on to explain the wonders of drawing in a step by step and progressive way.  You are shown an example and explanation on one page and then given space on the next to practice yourself!  The DVD provided will show you lessons from Bob Parsons and give you added PDF files to print off practice sheets.  It’s like having an art teacher in your own home.  In fact, you can put your laptop in another room and have your kids “switch classes” to the bedroom for art.  Hey, sometimes humoring myself is how I get through the day.  At any rate, this drawing program is great for a family class as anyone can participate.  It is recommended for ages 8-adult.  However, I allowed my 5 year old to also participate.  She has a huge ego so even if her drawing looked nothing like what was shown it was still the best…in her eyes…and mine.  If you have a perfectionist 10 year old that uses 100 pieces of paper to get it just right then you have bigger problems than finding the right art program.  I should know, my 10 year old boy gives up at 50 pieces of paper.  Yet, Simply Draw with Bob Parsons was so easy to follow and made even my stick figures look good, that it can slightly tame the perfectionist 10 year old boy.  Proud to say that no pencil throwing or behavior mimicking a two year old took place during this program.

This is an art program everyone in your family will have fun with from page one.  I was surprised how much I learned….ahem…I mean the kids learned.  That’s worth the $37.50 cost of the book, right?

Please visit Timberdoodle for all your homeschooling curriculum and homeschooling art supplies.  Why?  Because I said so!  Or in the words of my 2 year old, “cuz say so!”  Okay, one reason from the website and the main reason I was hooked:

Family-Owned and -Operated
What began as a back porch venture has now grown to include two warehouses and an office, and the children have grown to become customer service reps, web technicians, warehouse workers, order processors, and more. Timberdoodle is still run by the original owners, the Deffinbaughs; they and their five children form the bulk of the work crew.

As a member of the Timberdoodle Blogger Product Review Team, I was given a copy at no charge to review.  They did require me to be honest in my reviews…oh and have a blog.  Interested?  Check out Timberdoodle.

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