Excerpt from How to Draw Cool Stuff by Catherine V. Holmes

Writer and illustrator Catherine V. Holmes has a new non-fiction
book out called, How to Draw Cool Stuff:
Holidays, Seasons and Events.

her virtual book tour, Catherine will be awarding
a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble
(winner’s choice) gift card to a randomly drawn winner, and another winner will
receive a print copy of How to Draw Cool
(international). To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your
chances of winning, feel free to visit her other tour stops and enter there,

A little bit about Catherine:

V. Holmes is an art/ELA teacher and visual artist from historical Plymouth,
Massachusetts. She studied at Boston University and at Bridgewater State
College where she earned her BFA and MA in ED. She is currently working towards
her second Master’s from the University of Scranton. Catherine Holmes
specializes in portraits, architecture and illustrations. Her art is inspired
by her feelings, ideas, and experiences, whether they are found in nature, the
media or in man-made structures. Catherine is also heavily influenced by the
interests and suggestions of her students. “To see success through their
eyes inspires me to be a better teacher and creator of art.”
A little about How to Draw Cool Stuff: Holidays,
Seasons and Events:
This a step-by-step drawing guide
that illustrates popular celebrations, holidays and events for your drawing
pleasure. From the Chinese New Year to April Fools’ Day, Father’s Day to
Halloween, Christmas and New Year’s Eve – this book covers over 100 fun days,
holidays, seasons and events, and offers simple lessons that will teach you how
to draw like a pro and get you in the spirit of whichever season it may be!
Excerpt from How to Draw Cool Stuff:
This book evolved out of necessity. After exploring art
catalogs and libraries and wading through the “how to draw” section
of book stores, I found a few good resources but none that had all the
qualities I was looking for in a drawing book. Some ideas were too basic and
often insulting to my older, more artistic students. Other material seemed to
serve as a showcase for beautiful artwork but lacked any concrete instruction.
As a “travelling” art teacher with a limited
budget and limited preparation time, I need a single resource that is easy to
transport and can be used to teach all levels of students from middle school to
high school and beyond. This book was created to fill that need and I want to
share it with teachers and artists in similar situations. These projects will
allow you to bring interesting and informative lessons that offer clear objectives
and foster achievement without the need for expensive/multi-dimensional
supplies: a regular pencil and eraser is all that is needed (sometimes a ruler
or fine pen). Fancy art pencils, costly paper or kneaded erasers are not
required for success. All pages have been student tested and approved.

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