OK. Let's let out the truth. We can write, but we cannot draw a straight line, a curve, a circle or a triangle. We can draw them, but they look like they might have been done by an 18-month-old extraterrestrial.
The lack of artistic ability is going to stop now that we have picked up Drawing with Mark (Reach for the Stars and A Day with the Dinosaurs) and Drawing with Mark (We All Scream for Ice Cream and Happy Tails). Both DVDs, released by TDC Entertainment and Shelter Island, contain two episodes, and are available wherever home entertainment products are sold, including the national crafts retailer, Michaels.
Research has shown art education is crucial for children's cognitive and social development; parents interested in grooming the next Picasso or O'Keefe should remember that Mark's television series has been honored with both a Parents' Choice and Creative Child Magazine award. Since Drawing With Mark teaches children of all ages the fundamentals of drawing, we're in lone.
You already know his work: A professional illustrator and creator of Angels from the Attic, a comic strip that appears in 50 newspapers nationwide, host Mark Marderosian has a soft spoken and highly educational demeanor similar to Mr. Rogers. Marderosian has been teaching children how to draw for more than 20 years.
Currently broadcasting on 150 television stations reaching more than 350 cities nationwide, Drawing with Mark is an entertaining, interactive, educational series featuring live action as well as animated Angels from the Attic characters. Marderosian teaches simple basic art lessons and discusses shapes, parallel lines, shading, dimension, stick figures and action lines, so the budding artist can feel comfortable moving forward and expanding his/her creativity. Mark's teaching style is inviting, warm and extraordinarily nurturing. He's a natural born educator.
Each DVD consists of two 30-minute episodes that combine a field trip to a cool destination with two drawing lessons relating to the field trip, colorful animation, fun facts, trivia and suggested reading books.
Drawing with Mark: Reach for the Stars and A Day with the Dinosaurs
Mark Marderosian visits the Museum of Science in Boston twice where he introduces his viewers to dinosaurs and how they lived. Viewers then learn how to draw a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a Pterodactyl. On the second visit Marderosian and the Angels from the Attic learn about outer space, planets and stars. In this episode, the drawing lessons feature the planet Saturn and as well as a friendly astronaut on the moon.
Drawing with Mark: We All Scream for Ice Cream/Happy Tails
Visiting a neighborhood ice cream shop, children learn about every one's favorite ice cream flavors. Mark then teaches everyone how to draw an ice cream cone and a truck. He then takes a journey to The Buddy Dog Humane Society, learns how to care for our four-legged friends, and teaches viewers how to draw a cat and a dog.
Each DVD contains bonus features on screen and off including:
* A bonus drawing lesson
* A draw-along-booklet with coloring page insert
* Instructions on how to download free coloring pages from the website angelsfromtheattic.com/come-play/coloring-pages/, where drawing pages can be printed out for even more ongoing fun.
The Drawing with Mark series is targeted to children ages 5 to 9 years old.