Drawing to learn DRAWING 
a book of self-instructional practice techniques
by Marvin Bartel 

As a .pdf file it can include illustrations. You can keep the file on your computer or you can print it with any computer printer. It is about 45 pages--all black and white.

Many of you have emailed me and asked me to put my website into book form. Here is part of it. This drawng book is written for self-motivated children who are old enough to read. Parents and adults will also find that they can learn to draw with the practice approaches explained in this book. Art teachers find many creative teaching ideas. It is an excellent lesson resource for Drawing Camp instructors, for Homeschool self-directed drawing learning, and for instructors of after school art classes. Some of the ideas in this book are presented as activities to make your next party more fun, educational, and unforgettable. The book has eight different drawing practice routines with variations that keep drawing ability improving for more than eight years for less than eight dollars.


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Table of Contents

Nurturing a Basic Instinct
Note to Parents
Practice with a Blinder Helper
How to Hatch an Egg
Expressive Drawing with Crayons
Drawing Self-Portraits
Invisible Person Drawing
Fast Expressive Gesture Drawing
Drawing with Viewfinders and Grids
Action Drawing
Why Do We Draw?

The book can be read on your computer or you can print it with any laser or ink-jet printer on 40 pages.

Below: an example photo from Drawing to Learn DRAWING.

Each practice activity begins with a brief list of basic art materials and equipment. Several pieces of unique practice equipment are featured and described.
Instruction for making this equipment is included
(or you can have them made locally).

An 'explainer' photo from the book.

Marvin Bartel, Ed.D. is an artist, art educator, and art teacher.

Author Biography

Art teaching HOME page

Artwork HOME page

This book is written by an art educator who believes we can teach creative thinking. If you want drawing formulas that rely on step-by-step copywork, or formulas about the proportions of certain subjects, this book is not for you. This book provides practice routines to develop the skill sets needed to draw everything.

Drawing to learn DRAWING
is brain training. It provides a series of learner friendly visual awareness workouts and approaches with an emphasis on learning to notice/see better and express more effectively. The practice routines make drawing easier and fun.

The book shows the beginnings of examples and some explanatory drawings, but it always reminds the reader that they are to practice from the their own sources---not from the explanatory drawing. The emphasis is on ways to become better at seeing, on the development and nurture of the visual and imaginative brain, and on various drawing approaches. The strategies provide skill building for better renderings and expressive artistic drawings.

The main drawing tools needed are a B6 drawing pencil, a white vinyl eraser, a ball point pen and a crayon.

As a bonus, the book shares simple instructions to on how to make your own innovative devices to assist the mind's eye in learning to see, express visually, and draw professionally.


Some of the free Web Pages
by the same author

How to Teach Children to Draw

What Skills are Needed to Draw Everything?

Art Rituals in the Classroom
reviews in Learner's Edge

The Secrets of Generating Art Ideas

Creativity Killers

How to Draw an Orchid

"I don't know Prof. Bartel, of Goshen College, but he's teaching me to draw through his website for art educators."  ---Elaine L.
retrieved 6-17-10,
from All Things Metal Clay

The following is a November 27, 2010, email from a purchaser.

Thanks so much for this. I am currently in teacher's college in . . . visual arts and I pour over your site daily! I love the way you teach - I had the privilege of having great teachers as a kid and your approach reminds me very much of their method...it really made me take joy in creating art as a kid and I want to share that with my students too.    Regards, MM
. . . as an adult who dabbles in drawing, your program (Drawing to Learn Drawing) has had a positive effect on me.  Most drawing courses are very prescribed involving copywork, but yours is very open.  I have probably done more sketching in the last month than I have in the last year, primarily because I now just draw what I want.   Sincerely, (a 2013 reader)

See this
Art Education HOME page
to see the teaching methods for youself .

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If you want a cover for the book, click on the cover here on the left, wait for it appear on your screen. Print with any printer.

Back to bartelart.com home page      Art and Learning to Think and Feel with many essays and ideas
on learning art.
Check out Learning to Throw - an on line tutorial on making pottery by the same author (a free online tutorial).

All rights reserved.  Marvin Bartel.  This page was updated on June 11, 2010

Why do we draw?-- This is page 40 from Drawing to Learn DRAWING by Marvin Bartel 2010

Drawing is an instinct we were all born with. We have to be taught to read and write, but we are born with the ability to learn to draw. Drawing is so important that we learn it without a teacher. Drawing is so essential for our survival and success that toddlers learn to draw before they begin first grade. Here are some of the many ways that drawing helps us in our lives.

1. We need drawings to figure out things that we are thinking about. Drawing makes us smarter. When I make something, I often do several drawings to see how it should look or it figure out if it will even work.  What would happen if architects, designers, and inventors did not draw first? Many math problems are much easier if you draw them first.

2. Inventors do lots of drawing to help them imagine better ideas. Drawing helps us become more creative and successful. I have one invention that I have been drawingand changing and improving for the last 40 years. Most inventions have not yet been invented. Drawing will help us discover them.

3. Drawing makes us surer of ourselves, more confident, and less afraid to make mistakes. Drawing teaches us that many mistakes can be fixed and many mistakes are good because they help us discover new ideas.

4. Drawing teaches us how to think better because when we draw our mind is always thinking about new ways to draw things. This makes us grow more thinking neurons and we get smarter.

5. Drawing helps us notice and see more. After you draw something, it is harder to forget how it looks. If you make a very careful drawing from a real fish, you will notice all the parts of the fish. If you want to learn all the parts of anything, there is no better way to learn them. Without drawing it, you could easily miss some very important part.

6. Drawing helps us explain things and give instructions. It is often much easier to understand something from a drawing than from words. Drawings are much better than words when you do not know the language and you looking for the bathroom. Maps are drawings that tell us about the world and keep us from getting lost. Drawing a chart or a graph helps us make comparisons and choices. It makes things easier to remember.

7. Drawing helps us keep records, keep track of things, and record history as it happens.

8. Drawing is wonderful way to help us tell stories and jokes.

9. Drawing is good way to make an argument. We often see drawings in the newspaper that exaggerate something to make a point about politics. Drawings often are used in advertising to try to convince us to buy something.

10. Drawings are often used to keep us safe. Warning signs use drawings to remind us what might happen and that we need to be careful.

11. Drawing is used to make things more beautiful. Like music, they can lift our spirits.

12. Drawing can remind us of bad and good things that happen and bad and good things that people do. This can make us into better people if we learn from these drawings.

13. Drawings, symbols, and designs are used in churches, mosques, synagogues and special places to help give meaning to ideas and feelings that are often too hard to put into words.

14. Like dancing and singing, drawings and other artworks help us express our feelings and our dreams. Drawing helps us celebrate, express joy and sadness, and show our feelings to each other and for each other.

All Rights Reserved 2010 Marvin Bartel  Contact for permission to copy or publish.
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Marvin Bartel, Emeritus Professor of Art, Goshen College, was a public school, college, and university art teacher for over 40 years. For over 30 years he taught methods of learning art in college level courses for art teachers and supervised apprentice art teachers. Bartel earned a doctorate in art education at the University of Kansas. He is a lifelong studio artist, and has exhibited in many regional, national, and international exhibitions.

Drawing develops the mind's eye as it materializes the imagination. Two of the author's children are internationally recognized scientists. Like other scientists, they constantly use their imaging skills to conceptualize, preview, review, and communicate their discoveries and ideas.

More biographical information
Art and Learning to Think & Feel -- Dedicated to Leaving NO MIND BEHIND