SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Lifestyle

April 18, 2014

Ipswich author to share drawing techniques

Most of Ed Emberley’s 80 children’s books, 20 of which are still in print, have one goal in mind.

“Showing the kids you can draw; everybody can draw something,” he said. “They get encouragement from working with the simplest thing.”

Emberley will give two chalk talks at Ipswich Public Library next Wednesday, sharing drawing techniques from his books.

There will be a session from 10 to 11 a.m. for 4- to 6-year-olds and another for children ages 7 to 10 from 2 to 3 p.m.

The library is also hosting a reception for Emberley on Saturday, April 26, from 1 to 3 p.m., where the whole family is invited to meet the author, illustrator and Ipswich resident.

At both talks, which are fashioned to suit the attention spans of their respective age ranges, the drawing lessons will be similar.

“We draw four or five things, from a drawing of an ant — which is a dot — all the way up to drawing a male lion,” Emberley said.

He will demonstrate the process on a large sheet of paper and give the children handouts that will allow them to follow each step when they get home.

“So they don’t have to remember it — although they usually do,” he said.

Emberley said his method is unique and differs from other types of drawing instructions that rely on copying.

“It’s very close to the way you learn to write,” he said. “It uses the same basic skills, your memory for 26 letters and how you put them together.”

Emberley has no training in early education but has been told by teachers that his method suits children struggling with dyslexia.

“Kids at that age are pretty smart, although they don’t know it,” he said. “If they can write, they can draw.”

Emberley said adults also enjoy using his books, which have sold millions of copies, to learn to draw.

“Once you ease yourself into it, you’d be surprised what you can do,” he said.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Lifestyle
  • Orchid North Shore Gardener: It’s the summer without hydrangeas August "Fairest of the months! Ripe summer's queen, the hey-day of the year, with robes that gleam with sunny sheen Sweet August doth appear." -- R. Combe Miller Q: Can you tell me why my numerous "Endless Summer" hydrangea plants are not blooming th

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dr. Kate: 8 strategies to help your child overcome a fear of bullies Despite the massive anti-bullying campaigns that dominate our current culture, many students continue to feel bullied. The current anti-bullying campaign focuses on decreasing bullying by policing the bullies, but what about empowering the victims? B

    August 1, 2014

  • booknotes0801 Stroll through a story at Danvers library Reading can be good for the body as well as the mind. That's especially true for visitors of the new StoryWalk at Peabody Institute Library of Danvers. "StoryWalk is combining physical activity with reading," said Karen Veilleux, a children's librar

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • frenkel Quick pick: Bring stories to life Bring stories to life Explore and experience the challenges and satisfactions of combining text with images in a four-session illustration workshop, led by award-winning published illustrator Yetti Frenkel at the Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • TV Outlander [Duplicate] 'Outlander' brings novels to life vibrantly NEW YORK -- There's an odd believability you find inside "Outlander" that somehow makes it feel true-to-life. Never mind that it's a rip-roaring fantasy. Claire, a lovely British Army nurse on a second honeymoon in Scotland, is mysteriously swept fr

    August 1, 2014 4 Photos

  • Dear Abby: Diabetic friend suffers close call miles away from hospital Dear Abby: My husband and I have a lake house and invited a couple (close friends) to join us for a few days. The husband has cancer and has been taking chemo. We wanted them both to rest, as the wife is his only caregiver. We all thought this would

    August 1, 2014

  • People-Alicia Keys [Duplicate] Alicia Keys pregnant with second child NEW YORK (AP) -- Alicia Keys is getting ready for another big release: her second child. A representative for the Grammy-winning performer confirmed Thursday that the singer is pregnant. Keys posted a photo with her baby bump on Instagram early Thurs

    August 1, 2014 2 Photos

  • Friday's Best Bets Best Bets for Friday, Aug. 1

    Looking for something to do today? Here are The Salem News' Best Bets:

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Thursday's Best Bets Best Bets for Thursday, July 31

    Looking for something to do today? Here are The Salem News' Best Bets:

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • homecoming1 Festivals in Salem and Beverly celebrate cities' heritage

    Salem Heritage Days and Beverly Homecoming, both of which start this weekend, are roughly the same age. "This is the 49th year," said Bruce Doig, director of parks and recreation in Beverly. "The most recent form of homecoming started in 1966 as a wa

    July 31, 2014 6 Photos

NDN Video
Comments Tracker