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Since 1989 Beverley Paine has steadfastly promoted and supported home education as an educational choice for Australia families. Her books and websites aim to demystify education, gently deschooling families so that they may meet their children's individual and unique educational and developmental needs. Her honesty, insights and wealth of experience continues to bring hope, reassurance and confidence to families.
Home education is a legal alternative to school education in Australia. State and Territory governments are responsible for regulating home education and have different requirements, however home educating families are able to develop curriculum and learning programs to suit the individual needs of their children.
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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards is a self-directional drawing manual which is designed to help the student enhance creativity and artistic confidence. This book requires no previous knowledge of art, and takes you through to a goal of lifelike portrait drawing. The book seeks to overcome negative perceptions of your own abilities by progressive exercises designed to build confidence. Probably the only thing that could stop you learning from this book is maintaining this negative perception of yourself.
All my life I have been terrible at drawing. I just haven't ever been able to "get it". I actually used to dislike drawing because I found it embarrassing that I was so bad at it. No, I don't suppose that is the best way to get better, but I just figured I couldn't do it. You know, the old "I'm just not gifted in that way."
Mum bought this book to work through with my siblings and it aroused my curiosity immediately. The first few exercises require you to draw two portraits. One of mine is pictured here. From here, the author takes you step by step through all the basic areas; edges, spaces, relationships, lights and shadow, gestalts, memory and imagination. Not only does she explain these theories, but she also explains scientifically how the brain works, which probably was what helped me above all.
Of course, I realise that I still have long way to go with my style and technique, but I know now that it is an achievable end. Hey! If I can learn to draw, so can you!
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Welcome to the world of home education - learning without school! We officially began educating our three children in 1985, when our eldest was five years. In truth, we had helped them learn what they need to learn as they grew and explored and discovered this amazing world since the moment they were each born! I am a passionate advocate of allowing children to learn unhindered by unnecessary stress and competition, meeting developmental needs in ways that suit their individual learning styles and preferences. Ours was a homeschooling, unschooling and natural learning family! There are hundreds of articles on this site to help you build confidence as a home educating family. I hope that your home educating adventure is as satisfying as ours was!
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