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Teens & adults can improve their drawing skill thru step-by-step demonstrations in 36 lessons. For seasoned artists or beginners.

Teens & adults can improve their drawing skill thru step-by-step demonstrations in 36 lessons. For seasoned artists or beginners. Read more
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Drawing Success is a 36-lesson DVD course that teaches teens and adults how to draw practically anything...and draw it well!  I'm Jan Bower, a professional portrait artist, book illustrator, and art instructor who is passionate about helping others draw what they love and love what they draw.  People always tell me, "I can't even draw a stick figure."  I take that as a personal challenge to prove: YES THEY CAN!  

"Drawing Success" will include DVDs, a Lesson Book and a Photo-Reference Booklet, all in a beautiful handy case.
"Drawing Success" will include DVDs, a Lesson Book and a Photo-Reference Booklet, all in a beautiful handy case.

I love teaching in my own studio, but I can only reach so many students in person!  That's why, for more than a year I have been recording my lessons and techniques: so that eager students can have this valuable information at their fingertips. Most artists are visual learners, and Drawing Success gives them the exact style of teaching they thrive on: step-by-step demonstrations with verbal explanations of the "whys" and "hows" of drawing. All this valuable instruction is presented in a style that is enjoyable, inspiring, and very encouraging.

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 Each book was written by my husband, Gary, and illustrated by me, using my many children and grandchildren as models.

 Each of these art prints appears in one of my picture books.

 Your generosity can touch many lives through the influence of upcoming artists and illustrators. Thank you for participating in our campaign to help another generation of eager artists hone their skills and beautify our world! 

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We have put thousands of hours into this project, and expect Drawing Success to be ready for shipping this fall (projecting mid-to-late October 2014?) barring delays by our book printers, but we don't anticipate that being the case.

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  • While "Drawing Success" was designed with serious art students in mind (teens and adults), a mature younger child would certainly enjoy and gain much from the course. The youngest we have actually tested the DVD course on was 12 years, but in person I have taught these principles to much younger kids with great results.

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  • One of the beautiful things about drawing is that all you absolutely need is a pencil or pen and a scrap of paper. The oil painting classes I teach in my studio require paints, medium, brushes, canvases, easel, and a lot of other expensive supplies...they're expensive and they take up a lot of space. For "Drawing Success" we use a handful of basic inexpensive tools. These can easily be purchased at an art store, or students will be able to have the option of ordering from me a package containing every item they'll need for this course. The exact price isn't nailed down yet, but the supplies should run around $30.

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    1 pack of 4 different Note Cards & envelopes featuring Jan Bower's artwork, and a note expressing our sincere gratitude. (Includes standard shipping.)

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    1 pack of 9 different Note Cards & envelopes featuring Jan Bower's artwork, and a note expressing our sincere gratitude. (Includes standard shipping.)

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    "King of the Farm" 8"x10" print of Jan's father doing hay in 1947 (see update #3 for a look at the artwork), plus a note expressing our sincere gratitude.

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    An autographed copy of Jan & Gary Bower's book "What Do Heroes Wear?" (2012 CSPA Book-of-the-Year), and a note expressing our sincere gratitude.

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    An autographed copy of Jan & Gary Bower's book "The Garden Where I Grow: Poems that Cultivate a Happy Family", and a note expressing our sincere gratitude. (Includes standard shipping.)

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    An autographed copy of Jan & Gary Bower's book "The Jingle in My Pocket: Sound Money Principles Kids Can Bank On", and a note expressing our sincere gratitude. (Includes standard shipping.)

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    One autographed copy of the picture book "Wyatt's Wagon" (illustrated by Jan Bower & written by Gary Bower), plus 1 pack of 6 different Note Cards & envelopes featuring Jan Bower's artwork, and a note expressing our sincere gratitude. (Includes standard shipping.)

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    "King of the Farm" 18"x23" limited edition print of Jan's father doing hay in 1947 (see update #3 for a look at the artwork), and a printed copy of the short story "King of the Farm" (as seen in update #3), plus a note expressing our sincere gratitude.

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    An autographed copy of each of two (2) picture books "The Garden Where I Grow" & "Wyatt's Wagon" (illustrated by Jan Bower & written by Gary Bower), and a note expressing our sincere gratitude. (Includes standard shipping.)

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    An autographed copy of each of two (2) picture books "Tessa's Treasures & "Wyatt's Wagon" (illustrated by Jan Bower & written by Gary Bower), plus 1 pack of 6 different Note Cards & envelopes featuring Jan Bower's artwork, and a note expressing our sincere gratitude.

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    An autographed copy of each of three (3) picture books "Cody's Castle" & "Tessa's Treasures" & "Wyatt's Wagon" (illustrated by Jan Bower & written by Gary Bower), plus 1 pack of 6 different Note Cards & envelopes featuring Jan Bower's artwork, and a note expressing our sincere gratitude.

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    The entire 36-lesson DVD course "Drawing Success with Jan Bower", and a note expressing our sincere gratitude.

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    The entire 36-lesson DVD course "Drawing Success with Jan Bower", plus 3 autographed books (illustrated by Jan Bower & written by Gary Bower), plus 1 Limited Edition Signed & Numbered Art Print (18x24) by Jan Bower, and a note expressing our sincere gratitude. (Includes standard shipping.)

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    The entire 36-lesson DVD course "Drawing Success with Jan Bower", plus 10 different autographed books (illustrated by Jan Bower & written by Gary Bower), plus 4 Limited Edition Signed & Numbered Art Prints (18x24) by Jan Bower, and a note expressing our sincere gratitude. (Includes standard shipping.)

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    Home cooked DINNER for TWO with Jan & Gary Bower in their home gallery (surrounded by Jan's original artwork, while listening to live piano music composed by Jasmine Bower); plus the entire 36-lesson DVD course "Drawing Success with Jan Bower", plus 10 different autographed books (illustrated by Jan Bower & written by Gary Bower), plus 4 Limited Edition Signed & Numbered Art Prints (18x24) by Jan Bower, and a note expressing our sincere gratitude. (Transportation to and from the Bower Gallery in Traverse City, Michigan not included.)

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