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Re: Coloring Books

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Bob Greaves (
Tue, 30 Apr 1996 16:43:31 GMT-1100

Thank you to all those people who responded to my colouring book
I really feel that it is the youngest children who are deprived of
their natural mark making development when provided with colouring
books too soon. I have no problem with older children, teenagers and
adults using colouring books. It is the commercial exploitation of
children's art plus the lack of good models in drawing style which I
find difficult to deal with. I too remember my experiences with a
colouring book at about the age of 12. I wanted to draw like the
illustrator did because he could show a truck in perspective and I
was very big into trucks at that age. I was not interested in the
colouring aspect at all.
I have also just returned from supervising
teaching Students in our local schools and have seen just how much
the worksheet/colouring in activity is used with the 5 year olds.
The photocopier must run hot in some schools. It is the poor model
that the children often have to copy plus the denial that children's own
representations are adequate. Many teachers just want a neat display and natural child art looks
"ragged". I take the point that many teachers lack
confidence in their own drawing skills. Perhaps this is due partly to
the demise of the chalkboard as a teaching tool and partly as a
result of their own "I can't draw" syndrome developed as the result
of having thier own drawing development switched off.
Anyway At leat the issue has had an airing and may give rise to some
constructive research being done.

Bob Greaves.