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  • Item #: 003584
    ISBN: 9781887823388
    Retail: $22.95
    Rainbow Price: $16.75

    "For People Who Can't Even Draw a Straight Line," "No Talent Required" - hey, this woman knows me! From Sandra Angelo (Discover Art), comes this easy self study guide and workbook that, using a simple, four-step drawing system, transforms your skills from barely beginner to accomplished artist in a few easy lessons. I like the directions to "begin at the beginning and work your way through the book sequentially," nice and simple. It's full of irreverent pearls of wisdom, like "The race goes not to the hare but the tortoise" and "those who don't give up succeed," and (my personal favorite), "Talent is REALLY not necessary." Sandra gives us a short introduction that would give hope to even the most drawing-challenged person. If you draw for 45 minutes to one hour per day, you can finish this book in 60-90 days (if you're in a hurry to improve). Otherwise, plan on spending longer relative to the amount of time per day you can allocate to drawing. Next, a materials section acquaints us with the "tools of the trade" - some basic equipment we need to gather before jumping in. Then on to the instruction. Some of this book is reminiscent of the Draw Today program, especially the use of grids for beginning artists. As promised, the instruction is super-easy to follow and all the work can be done right in the book. Instruction progresses logically from seeing and drawing shapes, to lines, to shading, creating texture, gradation, hatching, and plenty of good practice in a lengthy additional exercise section. The methods and exercises look great, and, if I didn't have a lot to do..... But, someday, I'll actually have some time each day to use this! In the meantime, I'm hoping many aspiring artists out there will benefit from Sandra's instruction. 150 pgs. in all, with 130 black-and white photos and 25 line drawings - including plenty of "before" and "after" testimonials to show this method really works.

  • Item #: 044195
    ISBN: 9781579908997
    Retail: $9.95
    Rainbow Price: $4.46
  • Item #: 069473
    ISBN: 9780385346337
    Retail: $18.99
    Rainbow Price: $13.25

     Read a graphic novel and learn how to draw? It sounds unorthodox, but that’s exactly what Mark Crilley—drawing instructor and graphic novelist—has accomplished. The “story” itself is, appropriately enough, about a wannabe artist who meets a real artist and begins taking impromptu lessons from her. Each chapter is actually a lesson on drawing; the book covers every basic aspect of drawing (and a few advanced ones), from shapes, to light & shadow, to creating whole compositions. The artist in the story, Rebecca, offers numerous tips and practical advice akin to a real drawing class. Every chapter then ends with encouragement to practice and tips to help. The idea is to take it slowly, taking time to draw and utilize each lesson as you go, gradually becoming better through a mix of practice and practical knowledge. By the book’s end, the reader can put all the lessons together and become a real artist! My sister (who took several drawing classes) describes the book as the “important highlights” of a drawing class: a cost-effective way to learn everything you need to know to draw, as long as you practice diligently. Perfect for adults and young artists-in-development! 137 pgs, sc.

  • Item #: 024021
    ISBN: 9781600582592
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $14.95

    This kit includes everything you need as a beginning artist. It includes a 32-page book, which provides an extensive introduction as well as several lessons to get you started. First, you are acquainted with the different materials used. The book discusses the purpose of each tool and different ways to get different effects. Once you have an understanding of the basics, you can move into the lessons. The lessons are broken down step-by-step and include pictures so you can clearly see the process. The lessons vary somewhat in difficulty, but are generally around the same skill level - for a beginner, but still fairly intermediate in overall detail and quality. After you complete the lessons, you should have a good foundation to continue from. As mentioned before, the materials you need to complete the lessons are included: drawing pencils, a kneaded eraser, sandpaper sharpener, pencil sharpener, stomp, measuring triangle and a drawing pad. The book and materials are contained in a durable plastic "book." - Melissa

  • Item #: 003546
    ISBN: 9780980170801
    Retail: $34.99
    Rainbow Price: $23.50

    Everyone in your family will be able to benefit from these drawing lessons which approach the skill of drawing in bite-size, incremental steps. The CD-ROM contains 30 lessons, each resulting in the same basic project, but with slightly different directions for students in grades in the grammar stage (grades 1-4), the logic stage (grades 5-8), and the rhetoric stage (grades 9-12). In the grammar stage, the author expects that students will learn basic color theory, basic shapes and lines, basic shading and shadowing techniques, and the ability to imitate styles of classic artists. Objectives for the logic stage are similar as for the grammar stage, but with the expectation that the older student will develop more sophisticated skills and understanding in color theory, shading and shadowing. By the rhetoric stage, students should be learning composition, advanced color theory, advanced shading and shadowing techniques as well as developing their own individual style in their art. Although the lessons can be used for class, co-op, or home use, no artistic experience on the teacher's part is required. The author suggests that as the teacher, you will probably want to do the lesson yourself before class, and perhaps do it along with them during class. The lessons are designed to take about an hour to complete, and the author suggests a pace of one lesson per week. Lessons begin with drawing basic shapes and progress to include contour drawings; shading and shadowing; creating highlights; the color wheel; using monochromatic, complementary, and analogous colors in a drawing; shading with color, perspective, drawing in different styles, drawing portraits, creating a pleasing composition and more.

    The lessons are very easy to use. They are accessible from the "lessons" tab at the top of the main screen, or you can jump into Lesson 1 after reading the basic information about the program. Each lesson consists of a teaching portion and a printable student handout for each. The lessons progress down the screen and include an objective for the lesson, the materials needed, and step-by-step instruction through the lesson. Each step is accompanied by an example of what the drawing should approximately resemble at that point, although depending on the skill level of the student, this will vary. The student handouts are typically a visual reference for the student for each lesson. Because the lessons are displayed on a computer, it would be hard for all students to see the subject they are drawing at the same time. Most of the student handouts will need to be printed in color, so you will probably need to have a color printer available to you. As far as supplies go, you will need to gather a few, but they are relatively inexpensive. Each student will need a set of 24 oil pastels, a set of 24 colored pencils, compressed charcoal, willow charcoal, a charcoal pencil, a white drawing pastel, a kneaded eraser, a blending stump, low-tack masking tape, tinted charcoal paper (9" x 12), white drawing paper (9" x 12"), newsprint paper (9" x 12"), and colored construction paper (9" x 12").

    All in all, it's a great basic course that you can use with all of your children at the same time, without the older ones getting bored or the younger ones being frustrated. Everyone can take learn or refine their own skill while working through the lessons. Because the "models" are usually photos included in the lesson material, the students could apply the same techniques to photos of their own selection to expand the lessons or practice further. I think that the CD-ROM format is an interesting choice, but I can see how it is a practical way for everyone to be able to see the lesson without sharing a book, and the student handouts can all be printed which avoids the issue of having student packets or even having to reproduce pages for each student. A lot of concepts are covered here, taught mostly from example and the student's drawing experience. Because the lessons are so straightforward and foundational, I could see a definite advantage in revisiting at least some of them each year, as students grow older and more skillful. The folks at Practical Homeschooling are fans too - The Phonics of Drawing received the first-place award in their Interactive Learning Awards for art. System requirements (PC only) are: Windows 98 or higher, CD-ROM drive. – Jess

  • Item #: 061376
    ISBN: 9781890050900
    Retail: $6.99
    Rainbow Price: $6.75

    Capture the beauty of birds with this simple bird lesson book by artist Judy Kaufmann. This book features 15 wild bird art lessons that start with simple shapes and finish with shading, texture and detail work on their surroundings. Kaufmanns art style is elegant and detailed, pointing out the nuances of each species. She encourages you, the viewer, to go out and witness these magnificent creatures live, if possible, to further your connection and enhance your drawing experience. Supply list is comprised of basic drawing materials and the book includes 15 acid-free blank pages with a perforated edge for you to remove and start drawing. 48 pgs, 8 3/8 x 11, pb. ~ Emily

  • Item #: 014160
    ISBN: 9780736955003
    Retail: $8.99
    Rainbow Price: $6.95

    Bring Bible stories to life by cartooning through them, honing drawing skills while you illustrate what you read. This fun little book contains eighteen Bible stories, from both the Old and New Testaments. You'll start with Adam and Eve and end with the Resurrection. Each chapter begins with a "big idea" then starts into a retelling of the story. There are pauses in the story where the child is asked to draw a person, add to an existing drawing, or sketch some scenery. For example, in The Exodus, readers begin by following a step-by-step sequence to draw both Pharaoh and Moses. The story begins, and then there is a scene illustrated from Pharaoh's throne room, and the reader is asked to add some snakes to the ground. Then we read about the plagues, the wandering in the wilderness, and then the reader finishes the story by drawing a scene of Moses parting the Red Sea. Because the drawings are very cartoon-like, they can be sketched quickly as you read through the chapter. It's a nice way to keep active kids engaged during Bible time without spending time drawing an elaborate scene for each story. The book is in small, horizontal format, and you will likely be drawing right in the book, so you may need a couple of copies if using with several children. ~Sara

  • Item #: 033206
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $14.99
    Horses are such beautiful creatures, yet it can be so difficult to get that beauty to translate to your sketch! This kit has all the tools you need to help capture that image. It contains a 36-page full-color instruction book with step-by-step directions and lots of helpful hints. It also includes 2 drawing pencils, 6 colored pencil, 5 pieces of drawing paper, 5 pieces of tracing paper, a sheet of pre-cut punch-out stencils and a painted 4" Breyer® horse to use as a model. You'll be a master horse artist in no time!
  • Item #: 057939
    ISBN: 9781893791213
    Retail: $17.95
    Rainbow Price: $13.09

    Integrate problem solving & logical thinking with literacy & reading skills and what do you get? This collection of 90 math exercises for your young elementary students! Each page has 1 easy-to-read problem and space for your child to draw the elements of the problem. For example: Draw 1 helicopter, 1 car and 1 fish. Draw a square around the one that does not belong. This particular problem tells you if a child knows what "1" of an item means and if he/she can draw a square. It is also an exercise in classification. You might group vehicles, so "fish" does not belong; however, if the student draws the fish and helicopter in blue, and the car in red, then they could classify by color and it would be the car that does not belong. All problems use complete sentences and encourage students to read carefully and organize their problem solving. 90pp ~Sara

  • Item #: 045234
    Retail: $24.99
    Rainbow Price: $19.95

    While I am a little too young to remember Jon Gnagy, I can appreciate good art and good value! The kit includes a black-and-white 64-page instructional book, fifteen 12" x 18" sheets of drawing paper, a 12" x 18" drawing board, 3 sketching pencils, a carbon pencil, a kneaded eraser, a tortillion (or "stomp"), a piece of gray chalk, two pieces of black chalk, and a sandpaper pad. Armed with these materials, it's time to investigate the book, a short course in learning how to draw. The first pages focus on the basics: using your pencil, stomp, and chalk to make different tones. Then you practice drawing lines, shapes, and forms (3-D shapes). A "crash course" on composition and perspective follow. Then you jump into the lessons, which guide you in six or less steps to making a picture, complete with shading and texture. The steps are somewhat lengthy, with the goal being a very realistic, three-dimensional representation. Thankfully, the example drawing progresses with you. The lesson subjects increase in complexity, incorporating more complex shapes and a range of subject matter, including pumpkins, a steamboat, snow-covered landscape, a Great Dane, and a Mexican boy. The end of the book provides guidance on drawing the human figure in action. While I have some issues with the layout and readability of the book (all instructions are in three languages, which makes every page seem crowded), this is the only kit I have seen that includes all of your supplies, gets you up and running quickly, and emphasizes shading to produce a "finished" look. – Jess

  • Item #: 002358
    ISBN: 9781600583872
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $14.95

    Drawing and doodling can be a very calming activity with interesting results. Tangling is a focused form of doodling using detailed patterns and effects. After learning a few basic tools & materials, you can explore tangling through a variety of prompts. You will learn to create your tangles step by step. This kit comes with everything you need to get started with your tangles! You get a soft graphite drawing pencil & sharpener, a kneaded eraser, 20 archival paper tiles (3.5” squares), 2 archival ink pens in 0.1 and 0.2mm, and basic white drawing paper for working out your ideas. Several pages of instruction have you practicing random lines & squiggles, effects like shading & sparkle, patterns & borders, beginning creatures, flux patterns, Hollibaugh woven looks, Roxi (looks like beads on a string) and nature motifs. There are loads of tips and inspiration followed by prompts which show an outline image that you then complete as you like. You can apply these techniques to other crafts as well, such as a picture frame (shown in this book). Your 40 pg book and supplies are contained in a snazzy portfolio/box with tangling on the cover. Any young art student would appreciate having a go at this meditative art form, but many adults would like it as well. The kit makes a lovely gift since it includes everything needed to create and comes in an attractive package! By Walter Foster. 8” x 10” x 1.25” ~ Sara

  • Item #: 036857
    ISBN: 9780738212418
    Retail: $19.00
    Rainbow Price: $13.75

    Mark Kistler, cartoonist and author of the ever-popular Draw Squad and Drawing in 3-D with Mark Kistler, has taught children to draw using his methods for years. In this book, he takes his fun, yet start-with-the-basics approach and offers it up to adults who think they can't even draw a straight line! He promises that yes, anyone can learn to draw if they set aside twenty minutes a day for a month. If you're game, you can grab any old pencil and sketchbook and embark on an adventure that will take you from drawing spheres to tackling the human face! I like the balance of simple form and more advanced skills he meshes together here. Although you begin by drawing a circle, you immediately turn it into a three-dimensional sphere by adding shading. So you skip that whole "drawing a straight line" thing and head straight into the world of 3-D. Lesson drawing subjects progress in difficulty, beginning with the basics: spheres and cubes. From there you build onto the cubes and spheres that you know, creating koalas, roses, cylinders, houses, rippling flags, pyramids, mugs, trees, rooms and cities in one-point perspective, buildings in two-point perspective, and the human eye and face. Each lesson goes step-by-step, with Mark's illustrations showing the student exactly what to add each time and his written instructions are clear, easy-to-follow and entertaining. Many of the lessons are reminiscent of those in Draw Squad, but the pace is a bit quicker, and the subject matter slightly more sophisticated. Lessons often end with a "Bonus Challenge" where you can take your new skill to the next level, and several examples from Mark's other adult students offer inspiration as well. Drawing supplies are minimal, although Mark makes suggestions and recommendations in several lessons. With its 30-day commitment and incremental lessons, I would recommend this one as an introductory drawing course for your high-schoolers, especially if they have not had much drawing instruction in the past.

  • Item #: 064348
    ISBN: 9780545858519
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $15.25

    This Klutz kit is perfect for kids that love to personalize everything! Full of tips to add extra pizzazz to your doodles, kit includes a set of 8 colorful mini permanent markers, 2 punch-out paper figurines to assemble and practice on, and 10 project ideas in a guide to get you drawing and doodling on any canvas! Spice up those sandwich bags, blank folders, plain white cellphone covers, glass fishbowls, and anything else that begs for more color!

  • Item #: 021540
    ISBN: 9780545459921
    Retail: $19.99
    Rainbow Price: $9.33
    Have you heard of a "Spirograph"? Klutz brings this classic tool into the 21st Century with its Spiral Draw set. To make a spiral drawing, you use a round stencil frame as a guide for your pen, letting it go around in circles while you follow the shape of whatever stencil you're using. The result is a one-of-a-kind patterned design that you can transform into just about anything. This kit includes a six-color pen (yellow, pink, violet, blue, green, and black), four drawing wheels, a drawing frame, and a 48-page booklet that gives instruction and room for lots of practice. You'll be doing amazing spirals in no time at all. Don't get dizzy! –Chad
  • Item #: 069169
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $8.99

      Could your kids use a little inspiration while drawing? Art dice can help! This set of 6 wooden dice contains a “color” die, a “shape” die, a “texture” die, a “people” die, a “home” die, and an “outdoors” die. Each die shows different colors, shapes, objects, or pieces on each face. Roll them to determine the colors you will use, shapes you will draw, textures to add to your artwork, or make a game out of the home or people dice to see who can complete their person or home first! Blocks are made from sustainable, eco-friendly rubberwood, printed with non-toxic stains, and store easily in a wooden tray. ~ Megan

  • Item #: 024988
    Retail: $20.00
    Rainbow Price: $12.50

    Arrrrrr ye ready to push yer luck out on the high seas, sonny? In this easy-to-learn pirate-themed card game of luck and loss, the object is to collect cards from 10 different suits and get the highest score. Each card has a “suit” and a point value. During each round, players flip over cards from the draw pile until they choose to stop and collect them—but if they reveal two cards with a matching suit, they go bust and discard all cards in the playing area!

    While this can make for a pretty dicey card game by itself, there’s a catch: each of the 10 different suits has a unique “suit ability” which activates whenever the card is revealed. These may allow you to steal or destroy other players’ hard-earned cards, or even force you to play several extra cards without a chance to stop!

    Once the draw pile is depleted, all players count up their highest-value cards from each suit and the player with the most points wins. To spice things up, there are special character cards (which influence certain suit abilities and even other players!) and Game Variants, which change how the game is played. If you’re looking for an easy card game with a little more pizazz than Uno, a fun family game people of all ages can enjoy, or even a simple party game, Dead Man’s Draw is a great choice. Just be warned—thar be no safe havens in these treacherous waters! 10-15 minutes. For 2-4 players.

    (Note: one of the character cards, Madame Margot, is portrayed wearing a somewhat revealing dress. If deemed inappropriate, feel free to dress the character more modestly via permanent marker.

  • Item #: 021451
    ISBN: 9780316789684
    Retail: $8.99
    Rainbow Price: $6.95

    This is a cute drawing book that anyone can use. Really, it's that easy, and the results look so good and creative. All you really need is your thumb, a stamp pad, and a pen. The author then shows you pages and pages of animals, people, and other things you can make simply with your thumbprint and a few simple lines. Each page shows steps to making the drawings, making it simple enough for even the very young. Includes pictures of people with various expressions, actions, occupations, and hats, lots of animals, flowers, multi-thumbprint creatures and other fun variations. You'll be able to make a pirate, cowgirl, doctor, man with a turban, caterpillar, lion, frog, spider, mouse, and tons more. And after a little bit of practice, you'll be ready to make your own original thumbprint drawings! These are great little personalized drawings to put on gift tags, cards, and anything else. - Melissa

  • Item #: 059370
    ISBN: 9781579129712
    Retail: $29.99
    Rainbow Price: $20.95

    Another beautiful book by Theodore Gray and Nick Mann - this hardcover book takes you on a photo journey into the world of molecules! Atoms combine to form molecules: they combine in different ways, and you get different materials. Because there are literally thousands of molecule combinations, this 240-page book is just a small sampling of what we encounter daily. Gray begins by explaining molecules and compounds and jumps right into different categories of molecules. Every chapter begins with an explanation of the type of molecules shown and how the atoms work together to form them. Full color photos are shown of molecules within the category, the name of the material, and an illustration of the molecular structure. I don't think of myself as a science nerd, but I find this fascinating. This is an explanation of the world we can't see without a microscope – amazing and complex! If you want to see how things are formed, from acetaminophen to Zylon, you will love this book! ~ Donna

  • Item #: 063784
    ISBN: 9781438004389
    Retail: $7.99
    Rainbow Price: $6.95

      Part coloring book, part story book, I loved the open-endedness of this darling book! You’ll find some tracing uses stencils followed by some freehand, giving lots of opportunities for those littlest artists to have success. There is a lot of white space and the drawings are simple and charming as you add a spiral to a snail, stripes to a zebra and sails to a sailboat, etc. The book is spiral bound and lies nice and flat. As you use a stencil page, you then flip back to see what you just added! You can ask anticipatory questions as you work/color and even keep it to read as a story when you are done coloring. I think this book would make a perfect big brother/sister gift for a family with a new baby! It is perfect for a boy or girl with a box of new crayons or pencils. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 064924
    ISBN: 9781934026984
    Retail: $25.95
    Rainbow Price: $17.50

       If you are familiar with the Singapore methodology, then you are familiar with model drawing or the ‘bar modeling method.’ This was a real eye-opener for me when I tried it several years ago, and it can be so helpful to your students in understanding and solving word problems. This book offers very clear explanations with modeling examples and practice, so that you can use this method with any math program you are using. This goal of modeling is to offer a visual for the context of word problems. Modeling bridges the gap between concrete and abstract by giving a visual or pictorial example. Work systematically through this book for a thorough understanding.

      Start with the basics and apply the modeling method to whole numbers, fractions, decimals, rate/distance, ratio, percent, two unknowns, and algebra. There are 97 problems within these chapters, and, in some cases, may take two pages to explain the solution to the problem – very thorough and systematic! The author even suggests more than one way to solve the problem, when that is a possibility. At the end of section, there are practice problems for you to try. A final exam of ten problems is found at the end of the Word Problems section, and solutions with visual models for practice problems and final exam rounds out the book.

      I’ve often wondered why no one taught this method when I was young, because it makes sense of word problems. Use this alongside your Singapore Math for more practice and clear explanations, or use it with your regular math program for an alternative explanation to solve difficult word problems. 153 pgs., p/b. ~ Donna

  • Item #: 006144
    Retail: $15.00
    Rainbow Price: $11.95

    Children can get frustrated when they struggle to color within the lines of a coloring book. They end up thinking they can’t do art, poor kiddos! Doodling offers another route for young artists. Coloring & drawing freestyle! This set from Faber-Castell (known for art supplies) includes a spiral-bound sketchbook with some drawing prompts that you will finish (24 pgs, perforated), 5 double-ended markers (10 colors), 5 blue foam displays for your creations, 3 full size markers in red/black/blue, a plastic stencil sheet with some free-form type shapes to use in your doodles, and a 10 pg. instruction guide with lots of fun ideas. The materials come in a boxed set (10x10x1.5”), so it makes a great gift item for a boy or girl. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 035878
    Retail: $99.00
    Rainbow Price: $74.95

    When I wanted my daughters to learn to sew, I didn't trust my own knowledge of how to do it right and arranged for them to have private lessons. It was great! But expensive. This one-semester course would have been much better, I think. All you need to go from complete beginner to knowing you have the ability to tackle any basic pattern is right here. Well-done video instruction (the presenter has a pleasant voice and manners) allows you to repeat any part if you didn't quite get it or need to review later. A complete course manual parallels all video class material as well as provides additional content (like a fabric chart) and illustrations. Patterns for both adult sizes as well as child (pre-teen) sizes of a classic A-line dress (or nightgown) are provided for the final project. [Patterns are PDF files for you to print. Patterns will need to be taped together (adult sizes will have lots of taping) but the patterns are very sturdy and can be used repeatedly without the frustration of ripped tissue.] Like I said, it's all here. And it's non-consumable – you can use it for multiple children at one time – or sequentially.

    The 65 video lessons (5-6 per week) are 5-10 minutes each and include sewing machine fundamentals (i.e. threading properly, getting the correct thread tension, choosing the right stitch), different fabric types and "personalities", coordinating colors, how to read a standard pattern, how to measure your body correctly, and how to sew using a straight stitch and a zigzag stitch. Assignments are given via the video and the student is expected to do additional reading in the manual. With many lessons the student is encouraged to make journal entries as well as a sample to put in a binder thus creating a class record – and providing the basis for assessment (if you wish). Although instruction is simple and very understandable, it's also quite comprehensive and everything you would expect from a beginner's course including linings/interfacing, casings/hems, gathering, sleeves, buttonholes, buttons, and zippers. It all comes together in the final project that could be a matching mother/daughter dress if you preferred. Several field trips (such as to a local fabric store) are encouraged.

    The binder/manual has sleeves for the DVDs, an extensive class syllabus that gives the topic, skill, classwork, and homework or follow-up for each class as well as a materials list. Periodic skills assessments involve sewing projects – pin cushion, simple apron, and simple skirt. All of this leads up to the final project – a classic A-line dress (or nightgown, if you prefer). Machine sewing skills are emphasized so a well-running basic sewing machine is necessary. Five DVDs provide the lessons and a sixth CD-ROM provides the pdf pattern files (patterns include child sizes plus adult sizes). The 189-page binder manual includes a thorough glossary of sewing terms as well as the detailed information that parallels the videos. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 049527
    Retail: $35.31
    Rainbow Price: $19.95


    Whether you’re getting started in drawing or a seasoned veteran, this high-quality graphite, 18-piece set has the tools to cover a wide range of projects. The smoothness and richness of this set is a joy to work with no matter the task. The 7 Turquoise Graphite Pencils range from hard to soft (6H, 4H, 2H, B, 2B, 6B, 8B) and work nicely for drawing and shading. The 4 Woodless Graphite Pencils (2B, 4B, 6B, 8B) are ideal for broad coverage and quick sketching, and the 3 Water-Soluble pencils (light, medium, dark) can be used with water to create flowing textures and transparent washes. Set also includes a metal pencil sharpener, sanding board for creating sharp pencil points, 1 kneaded and 1 white vinyl eraser all stored in a sturdy metal tin. ~ Emily

  • Item #: 017451
    ISBN: 9780977129478
    Retail: $15.95
    Rainbow Price: $10.35

    Benjamin Franklin was an amazing man who made great offerings in the areas of science, writing, politics, and general existence. This book tells all about his life, including details about many of his great inventions. Franklin did so much in his life that it would be hard to get everything into one book, but this book does give a great overview of his life, his main accomplishments, and that time period in general. Starting with his childhood in Boston, the book works chronologically through his life, sharing information in an easy-to-read, interesting manner. Interspersed throughout the biographical text are 30 activities/experiments to complete that are related to facts in Franklin's life. You can make your own swim paddles after you read about how his childhood love of swimming led him to invent them at the age of ten; make your own potato battery after learning about his experiments with electricity and lightning rods; make your own mailbag after learning about the improvements he made in the postal service; make your own parchment paper after learning about his involvement with the Declaration of Independence; and so much more. Numbered, detailed directions make the projects easy to complete and the materials needed are household items and common craft supplies. Black-and-white drawings illustrate the book and bolded words within the text are defined in "Words to Know" sections. This is a great, hands-on supplement that blends history and science to teach about the life and contributions of one of America's greatest inventors and founders. 120 pgs, pb. ~Rachel

  • Item #: 017685
    ISBN: 9780486428994
    Retail: $8.95
    Rainbow Price: $7.50

    Combines four titles in one: Animals, Dinosaurs, Insects, and Aquarium Animals.

  • Item #: 051845
    Retail: $13.49
    Rainbow Price: $9.50

    If you are a student starting out in drawing, design, and drafting, these 9 pieces cover all your bases in one convenient set. This set allows you to create depth and dimension in your drawings with tools that develop highlights, mid-tones, and shadows. The five graphite pencils have a nice range of lead hardness including: 4H (hardest), 2H, HB, 2B, and 4B (softest) which lend themselves to detailed designs, line work, and shading. The Ebony Graphite pencil is extra smooth and soft, which works great for shading and drawing in illustrations, portraits, and figure drawings, or for making quick sketches. The Black Prismacolor Art Stix offers a bold, wider placement of color, when wide coverage is needed. In order to make highlights in your designs and drawings, you must have a way of "lifting" color or graphite. This kit includes the Prismacolor Scholar eraser (triangular shaped that fits comfortably in your hand) and the kneaded eraser (flexible-- like putty--that you can knead into any shape) for removing unwanted dots, lines, and smears to large areas of graphite. With this set, your drawings will take on a life of their own!

  • Item #: 007096
    ISBN: 9780823085811
    Retail: $9.99
    Rainbow Price: $7.50
    Draw horses kicking, bucking, rearing, standing and in many other poses! All breeds, too! Thoroughbreds, Arabians, Broncos, and more. Introduced in a step-by-step way so you can draw these beautiful animals, in proportion, with ease. Meganââ‚™s favorite drawing book!
  • Item #: 009577
    ISBN: 9780671656942
    Retail: $20.00
    Rainbow Price: $14.25

    Looking for a good drawing book? Let me introduce you to Mark Kistler's Draw Squad. This book is similar to the Drawing Textbook, but a lot more fleshed out (Mark was actually a student of Bruce McIntyre's and uses the same progression and techniques). You start out with the introductory tables, chairs, boxes, cakes, fishbowls, and work up to more difficult objects such as space-ships, houses, sawhorses, and characters. Can be used as a write-in workbook, or work exercises on separate paper. I like the book because it's simple, friendly, and instructive - and easier for a student to use himself (or herself). Besides that, each lesson is packed with "extras", cute little cartoon-like characters and also has samples of other Draw Squader's drawings. Happy penciling!

  • Item #: 050101
    ISBN: 9780971787452
    Retail: $26.95
    Rainbow Price: $23.95

    If you can train yourself in the habit, keeping a nature journal offers not only the opportunity to continually hone artistic skills, but also provides ample opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, develop a deeper appreciation for nature, enhance penmanship and writing abilities and become a precious keepsake for years to come. This guide takes students lesson-by-lesson through developing their own nature journal and building the skills they'll need to capture examples of nature's beauty. Created by Barry Stebbing, author of the How Great Thou Art courses, these lessons are formatted similarly with short, easy-to-read lessons and a related assignment. There are 47 lessons total, the first segment focusing on assignments that can be done in the classroom, and later assignments which students will get to head outdoors to do. Lessons include designing the journal cover; learning how to appropriately frame the page; creating various tones in green and brown, and drawing specific objects or scenes such as onions, vines or tree trunks, landscapes, night scenes, farm animals, feathers, insects and much more. The lessons are illustrated with a variety of related drawings (both color and black-and-white) by Barry, some of which serve as examples to copy, and others to provide inspiration or examples for students' own drawing. The last piece of the book provides several blank journal pages with lines, a space for an inspiring quote and blank areas for drawing. You'll need a few specific supplies to complete the lessons, including a hardbound journal, a legal pad, a rubber band, colored pencils, a drawing pen, a writing pen, glue stick, tape, washable markers, a #6 watercolor brush (to use with the markers) and semi-gloss paper. Especially if you're not already emphasizing art in your curriculum, a course in nature journaling can provide your students a rewarding, creative tie-in to your science, English or even handwriting program – and get them outdoors to enjoy that sunshine! – Jess

  • Item #: 010929
    ISBN: 9781936096626
    Retail: $16.95
    Rainbow Price: $11.95


    This is a how-to book for a student who is seriously interested in learning to draw fashion. They start with creating a design space and what you should have in it. You go into drawing the human form and learning about true proportion and how to emphasize and exaggerate legs and such for fashion designing. There is a lot of time learning to draw someone mid-movement, which is really interesting. Then you focus on the facial features. This book really spends time on the individual features as well as the whole form. I liked the do’s and don’ts – super helpful! Now you’re ready to dress the figure - learn to draw flounces and ruffles, how clothing drapes on a body, and other clothing details before you move on to designing patterns and fashion accessories. The hats page looks like tons of fun to me! You could easily add this to a high school art program. A student can write/draw directly in the book as well as keep a separate portfolio. I think this would be a good reference tool too! 126pp ~ Sara