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Simply Draw with Bob Parsons

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Draw Simply with Simply Draw
Anyone can learn to draw. The question is: How hard do you want to make it on yourself? We review drawing programs on a regular basis and absolutely none of them compares to Simply Draw.

Book Plus Video Instruction
Designed to teach drawing for children as young as eight through adult education classes, the lessons in Simply Draw with Bob Parsons are simple and come with clear, step-by-step explanations. Because each exercise introduces a new idea or adds to drawing concepts already introduced, Simply Draw is so basic that even those of us who despair of ever learning to draw can do so. Plus, there are almost three hours of additional video instruction included, making this the easiest drawing program available.

Plenty of Open Space, High-Quality Paper
Because everyone learns better with laughter, Bob Parsons, father of six, includes humorous drawings and witty asides throughout Simply Draw. Plenty of open space and high-quality paper encourage drawing directly in the book, but with the provided PDF file on the DVD you can print copies of the practice pages for the entire family and keep your book in pristine condition.

Principles Gleaned from Drawing Textbook
Simply Draw with Bob Parsons gleans a fair amount from the late Bruce McIntyre's Drawing Textbook, which was wildly popular with homeschoolers for dozens of years. Bob Parsons received permission from surviving family members of Bruce to use his teachings, so if you missed out on securing a copy of Drawing Textbook while it was still available, you will be delighted to know those excellent principles are in Simply Draw.

See a Difference in Virtually No Time
Include Simply Draw in your homeschool day and you will see a difference in your children's drawing skills in virtually no time. Simply Draw with Bob Parsons includes nearly 200 pages, close to three hours of DVD instruction, and a PDF document containing all the practice pages. The DVD is designed to play on a computer only.

Another outstanding component of Timberdoodle's 2017 Seventh-Grade Curriculum Kit!

Inside the book:
  • Step-by-step illustrations
  • Systematic progression
  • Room to draw in the book
  • Includes section on hand lettering

    On the DVD:
  • Video demonstrations
  • PDF file of practice pages

  • Publisher's Information
    Author: Bob Parsons
    Pages: 200
    Binding: 3-hole punched, ready for binder (not included)
    Copyright: 2010
    ISBN: 9781616583378
    Publisher: Bob Parsons
    Made In: USA
    Consumable: Yes
    Reproducible: Printable PDF file included on DVD
    Faith-Based: No

    Awards and Endorsements:
    The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Approved

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    Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 20 Write a review.

      0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
    My daughter is loving this June 6, 2016
    Reviewer: Miriam W.  
    My daughter is loving this drawing curriculum. She has voluntarily added it to her daily to-do list.

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    This drawing book is fun November 21, 2014
    Reviewer: Eduvijes E.  
    This drawing book is fun and effective in teaching the fundamentals of art drawing. This book is keeping my young twelve year old motivated to learn how to improve his drawing. Great drawing book I have come across in a while.

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    Awesome Art! September 22, 2014
    Reviewer: Adriana R.  
    My daughter has been drawing since she was a tiny toddler and so we have been through many art kits/books/videos as we try to encourage her in this subject. While there are many great options for teaching art in general for children I never felt she was learning techniques and anything more than just copying a picture, nothing substantial. I felt something was really lacking in our other curriculum options. Enter Simply Draw ! I was so impressed with the clip and reviews we decided to give it a try. My daughter used several of the videos over the summer and loved them. My husband and I were really impressed with the drawings and sketches she created with the videos. However it wasn't until I sat down with her to do the lessons in the book that we really saw how amazing this curriculum is! It's clever, funny, teaches wonderful techniques, is an intensive art curriculum as opposed to a "learn to draw" book and really challenges my daughter. Bob Parsons please publish another!!

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      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
    Simply Draw Review by Joy in our Journey January 5, 2012
    Reviewer: Julieanne from Timberdoodle's Blogger Review Team  
    I have to admit that when the girls and I sat down with Simply Draw...with Bob Parsons the first time and glanced through it, they weren't very excited.  Mr. Parsons is an excellent artist; his talent is obvious.  However, his style of drawing is not anything close to what my girls are used to doing.  His drawings have a cartoonish, caricature-style to them.  

    The lessons started out simply and progressed step by step.  The directions were written very clearly; we all thought that they were easy to understand.  The lesson page above shows the skill of learning to draw short parallel lines, or SPL.  This was a new term and concept to my daughters.  

    The enclosed DVD contained video clips which were showing Mr. Parsons demonstrating how to do the various techniques.  The videos that we watched were short, to the point and easy to understand.  The quality of the video was not as good as I've seen in some curricula, but it was acceptable.  There were a few skips in the audio, like a syllable or word missing a couple of times, but the videos were clear enough to demonstrate the techniques.

    The girls decided that this was an drawing curriculum that they could enjoy using.  Maybe they wouldn't be cartoonists or draw in exactly Mr. Parsons' style of drawing, but they figured out that the techniques in Simply Draw are those that can be applied in many types of drawing in the future.

    From a frugal perspective, I like the fact that this curriculum also comes with a DVD that not only contains the video lessons, but it also has PDF files that contain all of the reproducible pages that students would need to use with this program.  

    You will need your own 3-ring binder for this curriculum, and a few basic drawing supplies, but it is a relatively inexpensive drawing curriculum.

    I was impressed with its ease of use, the ability to use it with all of the children in your family, the inclusion of the video demonstrations, and the quality of the cardstock used to print the actual curriculum - something that is rare to find in my experiences with a variety of curricula.

    I recommend Simply Draw with Bob Parsons for these reasons, and if you have been looking for a drawing curriculum for your children, this is one that takes little to no parent preparation...in fact, your children can work through this independently and be fine!

    Read the rest of this review at http://www.joyinourjourney.com/simply-draw.html

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      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
    Review by The Voice of One Crying Out In Suburbia December 30, 2011
    Reviewer: Arthur from Timberdoodle's Blogger Review Team  
    I will admit up front I am not a really artsy kind of guy. Writing is my creative outlet but I have never been any good at art or music, so I was a little concerned about the Simply Draw materials because a lot of this stuff is completely foreign to me. I have to say though that I liked it a lot for homeschooling even though I am not an artist myself.

    The cons:
    I like the videos that come with the program but we couldn't play them on our TV and had to watch them on my computer. I have a huge 23" monitor so it wasn't terrible but it was a little awkawrd to cluster around the computer
    Also on the videos. They are not in chronological order on the DVD so figuring out which one to watch is a little challenging. It would be great if the video titles included the lesson numbers and the lesson titles.

    The pros:
    Again the videos. While the lessons are mostly parent led, the videos give a brief demonstration that really helps to cement what the lesson taught plus it helps people like my wife and I who have little talent at drawing to see what it is supposed to look like.
    A focus on fundamentals. Rather than leaping into drawing, Bob starts off with basics like holding the pencils properly, paper positioning, even good posture. I will admit to having no experience with other art programs but the way Bob builds it from the ground up makes it very user friendly for parents. I think it can be intimidating for parents without art aptitude to try to teach their kids.
    Price. Simply draw is only $37.50 and that gets you a 200 page lesson book and a DVD that includes video lessons plus pdf files of the material to print up. For a family of eight kids like ours, that is a great price point.

    The product has been very helpful already. My boys were a bit resistant at first but they are at least trying and I can see some improvement already. My girls, especially the two older ones, already draw a lot including using an electronic tablet so I think this will be great for them to make sure they get some of the basics established before trying anything more complicated. My 13 year old who draws a ton has found the program very challenging to her and as someone who draws a lot she is being asked to think about fundamentals before she starts a new drawing. The other one who really likes it is my six year old, she is younger than the recommended age but has jumped in to the program.

    Read the rest of this review at http://thesidos.blogspot.com/2010/08/product-review-simply-draw.html

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