The Draw Squad with Capt. Mark (Mark Kistler)

About the Draw Squad Video Series


Thank you for your interest in the Draw Squad Classroom Video Series, along with its companion Teachers Manual.  In this 44-lesson series, any child can learn to draw proficiently using our copyrighted system of drawing.  Based on our hugely successful PBS series The Secret City, this series has been sold to over 6,000 schools and educators.  Testimonials about the series substantiate the popularity and effectiveness of our drawing system.

 

The Ability To Draw Increases Other Skills

Teachers who have used the Classroom Video Series have credited our drawing system with much more than the ability to draw.  Students who use the series have increased skill development in numerous areas including:

  • Developing fine motor, visual motor, and visual spatial skills which can also help students in handwriting, reading and math.
  • By promoting right-brain use for more equal and total brain development, all essential academic areas of study are enhanced, including math, science, social studies, language arts, handwriting, and reading.
  • Stimulating and promoting independent thinking, study skills, structured and creative work habits.
  • Developing sequential learning skills.
  • Teaching concepts such as right and left, up and down, geometric shapes, in front and behind, in and out, size, surface, density, and shape.  (This is particularly helpful for very young children for whom English is a second language).
  • Giving children the means to express themselves artistically, benefiting both their emotional and educational growth.
  • Benefiting science instruction by making the children better observers of the world around them and giving them the means to record their observations.
  • Building self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • Creating opportunities for success - which is an incredible motivator.  The motivation and positive attitude the children gain from this series spills over into other areas of their academic endeavors.  It is a great "hook" for non-achievers.
  • Encourages students to say YES to drawing and NO to drugs and excessive television viewing.

What You Get

This 44-lesson series is composed of 22 tapes, each containing two half-hour lessons.  The complete series teaches beginning, intermediate and advanced drawing. It includes 274 drawing exercises. All 12 of the Magic Words of Drawing are covered. Lesson plans are included showing each drawing that will taught in the lesson. Each lesson is time coded on the screen to help you quickly access any drawing lesson from the written lesson plan.

Additionally, Achievement Clubs are included to help motivate students to reach the next level. Because it involves drawing at a timed speed, the Achievement Club helps your students draw without hesitation. The Draw Squad Achievement Scale and designated times are also included.

Along with the Achievement Clubs, Drawing Contests are also powerful motivators. The difference between Draw Squad Contests and Achievement Clubs is their focus. The Drawing Contest's primary target is a volume of drawings. The Achievement Club's focus is speed. A Draw Squad Contest Progress Chart is included with the video series, along with the Bruce McIntyre Achievement Scale Progress Club Chart.

Of course we can't forget the "YES to Drawing, NO to TV" contract. This is designed to motivate students to become selective television viewers. The idea is to spend less time watching TV and instead use more time drawing!

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