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Using this Book on the iPad

  1. This book is designed to work best with the Cochin font. To ensure the best possible presentation it should be viewed using Cochin as the default font. After opening the book, tap the AA in the upper right margin to open the font dialog. Select "Cochin" for the best formatting. If the font dialog is not visible, simply tap anywhere along the top of the page to make it appear.
  2. All images in this book can be enlarged by simply tapping the image. Tap “Done” in the upper right hand corner to close the image and return to the original size and position.
  3. To ensure proper formatting, turn off the full justification in the iBook settings. This is accomplished from the iPad "Settings" screen. After opening the settings dialog, select iBooks from the list along the left side of the screen and turn "Full Justification" to OFF.
  4. There are two different sections in this book, the Born to Draw Children’s Art Drawing Program: Teaching and Learning Art Techniques and the Step-by-Step Drawing Program. These programs can be combined to create your own art curriculum.
  5. In addition to the descriptions of the drawing procedures, there are helpful “how-to” videos included in the book that demonstrate how to use the different media and materials such as water color, color pencil, spraying fixative, a step-by-step drawing program, and more.
  6. The step-by-step drawing projects in SECTION TWO, provide an opportunity for young children to learn and practice drawing shapes and then putting them together to create an object of their choice. Children should have knowledge of the basic shapes: circle, square, triangle, rectangle, oval and organic. Some children need help with the first shapes for placement and scale at this age. Let the child do the rest of the shapes. The children that know shapes should start with an easy project and work up to more advanced projects. A child can excel on a pace that is comfortable.
  7. In the project steps' illustrations there are X’s, indicating an area or line that should be erased. Most of the 3rd–6th grade level projects do not include X’s as students by this age should develop skills for seeing and discerning the differences in the illustrations between the steps. The lines that are missing mean that the lines were erased and the student needs to erase lines on their own artwork before proceeding to the next step. After the project is drawn it should be inked; during this process the student traces over the lines, being careful not to ink an erased line. After the drawing is inked, the student can erase all of the pencil marks. The student will be left with a pen and ink drawing that can be colored. This is explained in the various projects.
  8. Throughout the book, some text is highlighted by a light blue background, these pages are designed to provide an inter-disciplinary perspective intended to augment learning in language arts, science, math, history, and pop culture.
  9. In addition to the iBook versions of the Born to Draw series, an interactive app is in development that will adapt these lessons for drawing directly on the iPad.
  10. Born to Draw is an affordable series, and other books will be published in the months ahead to fill the need for a comprehensive multi-disciplinary arts program. We appreciate and want your feedback. Please feel free to contact us with your comments and suggestions at: www.borntodraw.com and www.lionap.com . We look forward to hearing from you.

Watch for these helpful icons!

These icons are used throughout the book to identify sections of particular interest to Teachers, Parents and Students. Others indicate the Art Supplies you will need for the various drawing projects or identify important Things to Remember as you learn to draw.

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Teachers, this section provides tips and suggestions for teaching your students to draw.

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Parents, this section is for those of you brave enough to take on the job of teaching art.

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Students, this section is for you, in it you will learn that you really were Born to Draw!

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These icons show you what art supplies you will need to complete your drawing projects.

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This icon indicates important things that you will want to remember for your drawings.