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Re: What causes Low-Ability in Drawing?

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Nnaell_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Fri Aug 03 2001 - 03:44:21 PDT


I agree with everyone so far re: drawing....but adding my two cents. Most of
it is self-confidence.....letting kids know that this is a learning process
like everything else they learn in school. Just like you have to practice
reading, and math, you have to practice drawing. When I first came to my
school, and introduced a drawing lesson....you would not believe the
problems. Honestly...I sort of brow beat the older students that year...but
it paid off the next year. Those kids are so confident in their ability to
just sit down and draw what they see. I do observation drawing and painting
starting in K. The reason I do this....is two-fold. One is because drawing
is a visual language....similar to the alphabet if you will.....we go from
sketching our ideas to creating sculputures, paintings, etc. I try to use
drawing as a steping stone as much as possible...I call sketches "Sloppy
Copies..." in the same way writing teachers do. This way the do not get
caught up in being perfect...just in getting the idea on paper. The second
reason I do so much drawing...is like it or not, accurate visual
representation is very often how art is judged....by adults and by older
children. As a child gets older...this is when you hear those comments...I
am not good at art! It all has to do with drawing...sad but true!!!
So...all of my students draw...all of them are comfortable with
drawing....all of them understand that when we draw it is practice....each
time getting more comfortable portraying what we see.

Hope that helps!!!

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