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ArtLab Car Design Studio

ArtLab Car Design Studio

Spring 2008 Toys
Ages: 7 & Up
Manufacturer: SmartLab
Price: $22.99
Car Design Studio is a "how to draw cars" art instruction kit that includes a 32-page book called Rev It Up!, a light table, and traceable designs. Kids can create their own car designs and build them by applying Colorform-like clings to acetate body shapes. The designs can be secured on the light table clip and be traced onto paper. The over 100 car parts and 10 colored pencils supplied in the kit allow for thousands of custom vehicle drawings. The book also provides lots of tips to create a custom color job.

You don't have to be an accomplished artist to make some spectacular designs, but there is even more to get from this book. This product teaches real, effective art techniques for highlighting, texturing, contrast, and blending. Ultimately the book encourages you to use your imagination and forget the clings and go freestyle. The art techniques learned will adapt to drawings things other than cars and will work long after this toy is forgotten.

Ellie and Don Homce   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Don and Ellie Homce are the parents of two sons. Ellie is a former chemistry and physical science teacher and trainer in the hazardous materials field. Currently a professional volunteer at local schools and a thrift shop, Ellie continues to pursue her interests in art. Don is a health and safety and environmental science professional who enjoys building and fixing things. He has been a Boy Scout Leader for the past ten years.

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