Ready, Set, Draw!

All it takes is a piece of paper and a pencil to make a great drawing. Even if you don't think you have any talent, step-by-step guides will have you sketching in no time.

Drawing Cartoons and Drawing Step-by-Step

Amaze your friends by drawing pictures of cartoon characters. Looney Tunes' web site has step-by-step instructions for Bugs, Daffy, and the rest of the gang. Step-by-step instruction books from the library can give you the confidence to create cars and kittens, dinosaurs and spaceships. The youngest artists may enjoy Ed Emberley's very simple books which turn basic shapes into cool cartoons.

Drawing from Life

Drawing what you see means that you turn off your brain and draw only what your eyes show you. Good beginning subjects for life drawings are still life collections of objects, contour drawings, landscapes, and, yes, even photographs!

Getting Better and Better

One way to become a better artist is to study how the very best artists did their work. The library has books about many of them: Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Monet, Rembrandt, Picasso and others.

Museums and parks and recreation departments often offer classes designed just for young artists. The Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts offers classes at different times of the year. A little further afield, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Smithsonian Institution also offer chances to learn more. These classes are geared for students and may include other artistic techniques such as photography, pottery, and other fine arts.

Learn more about art online and in the library!

On the Web

Learn about different styles of art, get instructions for art projects, and play art games to learn artists' techniques and art history.

Learn to Draw Looney Tunes
The gang's all here: Bugs, Daffy, Tweety, the Road Runner and more! Choose a character, choose a pose, and away you go!

PBS' Sagwa: A Drawing Lesson
Draw the Siamese-Chinese cat and her good friends, Ling-Ling and Shei-Hu.

In the Library

Draw 50 Animals by Lee J. Ames
Step-by-step instructions for drawing fifty different animals.

Draw 50 Creepy Crawlies by Lee J. Ames
Step-by-step instructions for drawing fifty different insects, spiders, and other crawling or flying creatures.

Draw! by Kim Solga
Cover to Drawing: A Young Artist's GuideEncourages readers to develop drawing skills through projects designed to teach basic principles of artistic technique and use of materials.

Draw! Cars by D.C. DuBosque
Presents step-by-step instructions for drawing basic cars and different models, such as the Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Volkswagen.

Drawing: A Young Artist's Guide by Jude Welton
Large, colorful double-page spreads show how to do different techniques and include examples from great masters.

Drawing History: Ancient Egypt by Elaine Raphael
Offers a guide to the history and art of ancient Egypt through the drawings and illustrations found on the Pharoahs' tombs, mummies, and sculptures of the time.

Ed Emberley's Big Red Drawing Book
Presents step-by-step instructions for drawing people, animals, and objects using a minimum of line and circle combinations.

Ed Emberley's Great Thumbprint Drawing Book
Instructions for creating a variety of shapes and figures using thumbprints and a few simple lines.

Learn to Draw 3-D by D.C. DuBosque
Provides instructions for making one-point and two-point perspective drawings.

Sketching Outdoors in Summer by Jim Arnosky
Provides drawings of landscapes, plants, animals, and other aspects of nature, accompanied by comments from the artist on how and why he drew them.

The Way to Draw and Color Dinosaurs by Don Bolognese
Provides basic techniques for drawing dinosaurs such as stegosaurus, brontosaurus/apatosaurus, and tyrannosaurus rex.

On Video

Art Lessons for Children: Easy Art Projects
Learn how to create beautiful works of art with step-by-step instructions, using readily available materials. The video series ART LESSONS FOR CHILDREN is used both in schools and homes. Talented art teacher Donna Hugh emphasizes creative self-expression, while demonstrating many different mediums and techniques. Volume 2 lessons include: Working With Oil Pastels, Foil Art, and Printmaking. Part of a series.

Rainy Day Art with Cherie Lynn
Over 30 hands-on projects for children 5 and up. Step-by-step instruction for creating journals and diaries, picture frames, murals, puppets, musical instruments, masks, and more.

Squiggles, Dots & Lines
Featuring Ed Emberley's simple tools for drawing anything in the universe. Fourteen kids share their fun telling stories making cards and books, creating a giant mural, getting ready for a party and singing original songs.