Even Elephants are Doing It!

If you can hold a paintbrush, you can paint!

Learning is the only thing the mind never exhausts, never fears, and never regrets.                   (Leonardo da Vinci).

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Drawspace has Painting Lessons for Beginners!
Introduction to Acrylic Painting

Module 8.2 Brenda Hoddinott: The very basics of learning to paint: choosing supplies, understanding color, experimenting with brush strokes, learning techniques, and the step-by-step process of creating paintings.

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Think Outside the Box – Anything Goes!

Module 8.4: Cailin Green: Use a variety of mediums to explore and expand your creative thinking through a wide range of enjoyable visual art styles and techniques

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50+ Free Art Lessons!

All 490+ art lessons on my website are authored and richly illustrated by professional artists and art educators. Choose your passion! Draw with graphite and colored pencils; paint with acrylics; learn about art history and art therapy; and more!

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The 50+ free lessons are marked in green with “FREE”.  Register for free and receive 3 Credits every month to view or download any other 3 lessons you want.

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Lessons are categorized into 8 modules (and 18 topics).

Module 1: Introduction to Drawing

Module 2: Contour Drawing

Module 3: Shading Techniques

Module 4: Composition and Perspective

Module 5: Diversity in Visual Arts

Module 6: People and Animals

Module 7: The Lighter Side of Art

Module 8: Creating Art in Color

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Portraits of Babies are Easy to Draw!

Check Out a Few Guidelines and Get Started!

In three lessons, you examine realistically-proportioned baby faces; shade the forms of a baby’s mouth; and draw a baby named Grace. You are then ready to practice drawing portraits of babies.

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6.1.R5: Facial Proportions of Babies (by Brenda Hoddinott)

Beginner to Intermediate: Guidelines to help draw realistically-proportioned babies’ faces and heads, from newborn to toddler

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6.1.A2: Sketch and Shade a Baby’s Mouth (by Brenda Hoddinott)

Beginner to Intermediate: Outline shapes and then add shading to draw a baby’s mouth that appears three-dimensional

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6.1.A9: Profile View of Baby Grace (by Brenda Hoddinott)

Beginner to Intermediate: Draw a realistic facial profile of a baby by first outlining accurate proportions and then shading textures and forms with hatching

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YEAH! My Newest Book is Launched!

My life has been crazy busy over the past few months, so this book has taken longer than usual to finish. For me, the most difficult part of writing a book is declaring it finished. The temptation to check everything one last time is addictive. However, there comes a point where I just have to let it go! :o)

Drawing on Your Brain (Second Edition)

10 Week Drawing Course-in-a-Book

Strengthen your visual intelligence, creativity, memory, and drawing skills with richly-illustrated activities and exercises. This workbook also includes current and insightful research that helps demystify the amazing relationship between drawing and your brain.

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Love and hugs to my partner John (Percy) and editors Giselle Melanson Tattrie and Cailin Green for making this book a reality. :o)

Free Your Creativity by Making Art!

Creativity is inherent in everyone! To doubt your natural abilities is to deny yourself the joy of making art.

Think Outside the Box – Anything Goes!

You can use a variety of mediums to explore and expand your creative thinking through a wide range of enjoyable visual art styles and techniques.

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8.4.R2: What Made You Think of That? (by Cailin Green)

Beginner to Intermediate: Feeding your creative mind to find artistic inspiration anywhere and everywhere

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8.4.A3: Paint With Craft Tissue Paper (by Cailin Green)

Beginner to Intermediate: Use craft tissue paper to create a fun and colorful image

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8.4.A4: Create with Yarn and Poured Paint (by Cailin Green)

Beginner to Intermediate: Use yarn and poured paint to create a vibrant folk-art style painting

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My dear friend, Cailin, is an extraordinary artist, musician and author. 

Improve Your Memory and Visual Intelligence!

As an internationally certified forensic composite artist for 25 years, my primary area of expertise was creating drawings based on the memories of other people (witnesses to and victims of major crimes). My most valuable tool was an interviewing technique known as a cognitive interview. Many of my publications reflect the knowledge I gained throughout this aspect of my career.

You, too can learn and practice techniques for remembering what you see and translating your memories into artworks.

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2.2.R15: Drawing on Your Memory (by Brenda Hoddinott)

Beginner to Advanced: Techniques for seeing and remembering potential subjects so you can translate your memories into drawings

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2.2.R3: Enhancing Your Visual Intelligence (by Brenda Hoddinott)

Beginner to Advanced: Insights into how your vision and brain work together and suggestions for strengthening your visual intelligence

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2.2.A18: Draw Still Life from Memory (by Brenda Hoddinott)

Beginner to Intermediate: Sketch a familiar object without looking at it, then use a memory-enhancement technique to recall its details, and re-draw it from memory

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Explore the Art of Self Discovery!

Express Yourself through Art Therapist Judith Campanaro!

My dear friend, Judith, gently provides guidance for an inspirational journey toward self-empowerment through creative expression.

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Art therapy is a unique experience based on using the medium of art as an instrument of change. Rather than learning conventional techniques and modalities, art therapy approaches the medium in a natural experiential way.

Here’s four of the 46 lessons authored by Judith on my website:

Introduction to Art Therapy (5.3.R1 – 10 Pages and 7 Illustrations)

Understanding art therapy and how creating art enables you to enhance your well-being

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Exercises to Build Confidence (5.3.A6 – 8 Pages and 13 Illustrations)

Gift yourself with enlightening activities to help enhance your personal growth, physical well-being, and self-esteem

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Exploring the Art of Self Discovery (5.3.R2 – 8 Pages and 7 Illustrations)

Embracing the powers of clarity and choice as instruments for enriching personal growth

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Voyage of Discovery (5.3.A8 – 2 Pages and 4 Illustrations)

Create a contour drawing with glue, add bright colors with watercolor paints, and outline shapes with a black marker

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Draw Animals with Stripes and Spots!

Now everyone can draw zebras and giraffes!

Richly illustrated, step-by-step drawing exercises and projects for artists from beginner to intermediate

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Adobe Images Licence Numbers: 1411682 and  124963123

Beginner: 6.2.A7 Shade Simple Furry Stripes (4 Pages and 6 Illustrations)

Use curved hatching lines to practice drawing a striped pattern with a furry texture.

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Beginner to Intermediate: 6.2.A20 A Zebra Named Spot (16 Pages and 33 Illustrations)

Draw the striped pattern, furry texture, and exterior anatomical forms of a baby zebra’s face, head, and neck.

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Beginner: 6.2.A8 Shade Spotted Furry Textures (6 Pages and 16 Illustrations)

Use hatching lines to practice drawing the texture and pattern of realistic, spotted fur.

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Beginner to Intermediate: 6.2.A17 Dandy the Baby Giraffe (14 Pages and 41 Illustrations)

Outline proportions and shapes and then add shading to create the forms, textures, and patterns of an adorable young giraffe

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Free Drawing Lessons for Dog Lovers!

Now everyone can draw dogs!

Richly illustrated, step-by-step drawing projects for artists from beginner to advanced.

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These three lessons are free until Thursday, February 23, 2017:

Beginner: 6.2.A11 Create a Portrait of Jumpin’ Jack (12 Pages and 41 Illustrations)

Outline a puppy’s face, shade his eyes and nose, and add texture to his fur with hatching

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Intermediate: 6.2.A15 Shade a Realistic Dog Eye (8 Pages and 19 Illustrations)

Sketch proportions, outline shapes, and use various shading techniques to draw a realistic animal eye

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Advanced: 6.3.A18 Sweet Katie the Pitweiler (14 Pages and 23 Illustrations)

Use an unconventional approach to drawing with a grid to create a photorealistic drawing of this mixed-breed dog or your own favorite pet

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Yeah! Drawspace is nominated for…

…the 2017 Practical Homeschooling i-Learn Award in the ART category!

For almost 10 years, Drawspace lessons have been used by homeschoolers all over the world. Needless to say, I’m way beyond excited!

If you’d like to cast your votes for the best homeschooling products (hopefully including Drawspace) go here:

http://www.home-school.com/2017-i-learn-awards/

One lucky voter will receive a free course valued at $270!

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