Bruce McIntyre Drawing Books

Compare how five different Bruce McIntyre Drawing Books teach the 7 Laws of Perspective.

McIntyre Drawing Books

NOTE: Drawing in 3 Dimensions is temporarily out of print. See below

Drawing Textbook: Year One

First Book In The Series

Drawing Textbook Cover

With 37 weekly drawing lessons (each to be completed daily in a few minutes a day) this book nicely fills a nine-month academic calendar. Of course, one is free to more faster or slower through this book. We have another page which provides a description of The Drawing Textbook. It is an easy-to-use drawing curriculum that provides anyone who can hold a pencil with the basic techniques of drawing.

7 Laws of Perspective

Step-by-step McIntyre guides students from simple line drawings to detailed city-scapes. Through these activities the following seven laws of perspective are taught and reviewed.

These laws at the heart of the program include:

Once the 37 weekly lessons (with 6 drawings in each) are completed, what does the student do next?

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Year Two

Four books provide the next step in the Audio-Visual Drawing Program

The format of these books is different from The Drawing Textbook, so we have provided recommendations for completing these booklets which are described below.

Unlike The Drawing Textbook, these books do not have six small objects that students practice drawing. Instead, each lesson has one larger object or theme. Nor is it expected that they repeat each lesson for a week. Instead, each lesson can be done once and then move to the next. (Of course, nothing will prevent anyone from lingering on any lesson they desire to practice longer.)

Cute Animals

20 Lessons

Cute Animals Cover        Cute Animals Back Cover
Front & Back Covers of Cute Animals

We recommend the Cute Animals book as the next step after completing The Drawing Textbook. Students could just as easily go to the the Flowers and Trees book instead, but most kids are more interested in animals than plants. (Feel free to change the order it this isn't the case.)

So what does the book Cute Animals offer the student? You can see from the front and back covesr they will practice drawing animals.

This book does more than show students how to copy the shape of animals (though it does do that.) It continues to reinforce the 7 Laws of Perspective with the sketches.

Notice the pictures on the covers. These laws of perspective are reinforced with the student: While The Drawing Textbook gives students practice in drawing a variety of objects, Cute Animals gives the students a forum for applying those skills to cartoon characters or more realistic creatures to tell stories.

Flowers and Trees

30 Lessons

Flowers and Trees Cover        Flowers and Trees Back Cover
Front & Back Covers of Flowers and Trees

Flowers and Trees also provides students with practice in applying the 7 Laws of Perspective, this time to plants.

As you can see from the front and back covers, these skills can be used to artistically draw a plant (like the tulips on the back cover) or to provide scenery for a larger picture (like the front cover.)

Flowers and Trees Lesson

A sneak peak at Lesson 15 will demonstrate the skills applied by this book. You can see all the laws of perspectives in the vase of flowers.

Art Elements

60 Lessons

Art Elements Cover        Art Elements Back Cover
Front & Back Covers of Art Elements

This is my second favorite of Bruce McIntyre's books (The Drawing Textbook, of course, being the all-time favorite.)

This provides 60 additional lessons applying other helpful tips and techniques. A sampling of these include: AND MANY MORE

Art Elements Lesson

Lesson 16 above gives an example. The technique is "Tilt." He shows how adding tilt to the body of the man and the dog adds motion and drama to the picture.

The jack-in-the-box on the back cover is another example of how this book takes students past the skills in The Drawing Textbook. Detail, texture, twist, action are all put into play, while still using the 7 laws of perspective that the program is built on.

You can see in the caterpillar and the flowers in the border that the skills taught in the other two books are also carried over.

Drawing In 3 Dimensions

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Drawing In 3 Dimensions        Drawing In 3 Dimensions Back Cover
Front & Back Covers of Drawing In Three Dimensions

Drawing in Three Dimensions is a totally different type of book than the others.

It is more a series of clubs (I call them "challenges") for the budding artist. Since the program was originally taught in classrooms, the clubs were utilized instead of grades. As students passed each level, they were "admitted to the club" by posting their work in the appropriate bulletin board.

The individual student or small group can put the same concept into play. When a student passes the "challenge" they know they have mastered a skill and can begin to work on the next skill.

So when to use this book? Like the other three mentioned above it builds on the skills taught in The Drawing Textbook so it could be used immediately after it. But the skills taught in the middle are introduced in Elements of Art.

I spread the 14 "clubs" throughout the 110 lessons above. Approximately every 8 lessons or every two to three weeks introduce the next club. The have several weeks to practice the skill before taking the challenge.

Bruce McIntyre obviously named his clubs after former students whose examples are displayed at the front and back of the book. It is fun to think of who these former students were and how they got the honor of having clubs named after them. (Hint: most of them are probably grand-parents now. Would be interesting to know if any of them continued into the art profession.)

The 12 clubs and their modified (by me) names are:
  • Super Termite Club: Stacked foreshortened squares in 30 seconds
  • Clark Coloring Club: Shading cubed surfaces
  • Red Pencil Club: Directions on twisting stairs
  • Captain's Club: Four letters in four directions
  • Palmer Club: Normal, Narrow, and Flat
  • Aardvark Club: Side to side relationships
  • Holy Club: Flags and curved surfaces
  • Maras Club: Curved Lines
  • Zimmer Club: Thickness
  • Yada Bug Club: Arches
  • Witt Club: Shading irregular surfaces
  • Vanishing Point Club: alignment
  • Skiles Club: 4 directions with shading

    McIntyre ends this book with several more lessons. The first is "The Purpose of Art." He shows how the various elements are combined to produce visually pleasing art. Below is an example of how the basic skills taught in The Drawing Textbook have advanced from objects being recognizable to becoming artistic.

    Drawing In 3 Dimensions Table

    His final lessons give great tips even to those who are already proficient at drawing:
    • Art As Distribution
    • Caricature
    • Value of Sketching
    • Sketching people (Part of the sketching lesson above)
    • Facial Expressions
    • Arm and Hand Pointers
    At this point, the students have had LOTS of practice in drawing three dimensional objects, using perspective, and adding multiple art elements.

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