Becky, Let me get this straight - you draw on yourself? Do you use a mirror as you do this? What a memorable way to talk about value/shading and get away from outlining. I love it! My only issue would be that then my kids (el.) would consider it an invitation to outline on themselves.
From: Becky Thornton [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, August 24, 2003 12:55 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: teaching pencil shading-m.s.
>Dear Jackie and everyone,
This will sound bizarre, but it works. I tell, ask, and plead with them not
to outline. When my sixth graders are doing portraits, they will or course,
outline! And then they will ask me how it looks...and they expect me to say
wonderful, nice start...etc.
Well, I ask them all to pay attention, then I get out a Vis-a Vis (overhead
marker) and outline the edges of my face, my nose, the bump on my nose that
they like to draw, smile lines and dimples ( I don't do around my eyes)
Then I ask them if this looks good. I also ask them how many of them got up
early this morning to outline teir faces. You can imagine! Well, they do
get the point, and I really
don't have outlining after that. I have done this for a long time with the
sixth graders. One time I forgot to wash it off and went to lunch! The
teachers were shocked! The older students asked if I was teaching the sixth
graders not to outline!
Of course, some parents must think I am nuts, but the students get the
the outline queen