Review - Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists by Carla Sonheim

Wednesday August 25, 2010

Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists 
by Carla Sonheim
Quarry Books
Goodreads Summary: Carla Sonheim is an artist and creativity workshop instructor known for her fun and innovative projects and techniques designed to help adult students recover a more spontaneous, playful approach to creating. Her innovative ideas are now collected and elaborated on in this unique volume. 

Carla offers a year's worth of assignments, projects, ideas, and techniques that will introduce more creativity and nonsense into your art and life. Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists offers readers a fun way to learn and gain expertise in drawing through experimentation and play. There is no right or wrong result, yet, the readers gain new skills and confidence, allowing them to take their work to a new level.

Review: This book is by far one of my most favorite inspirational books ever! I will be telling every librarian and teacher I know about this awesome collection of super fun and creative lessons.  I love the fact that most of these labs can be done by a wide variety of ages and that there is really no right or wrong way to do it. 

A few of my favorite lessons include:

Picasso Dogs...very easy to follow instructions that will result in each participant ending up with there own version of a Picasso Dog...AWESOME!

Sidewalk Crack Drawing...can you look at a crack in a sidewalk and imagine all the different shapes of animals you see? This fun lab will show you all the steps to create fun imaginative creatures that will end up good enough to frame!

Ugh, those are only two of many, many! Through out the book the author also has pages where she features various artists and their own unique favorite? Gustavo Aimar...
*Fresh and imaginative ideas
*Clear instructions with room for your twist
* Lots of pictures and inspiration
*plus a whole lot more!!!

I can't recommend this book enough for people who love to be creative, who want to be creative or anyone who is looking for creative inspiration!

Ummmm can you tell I like it??? YES!