Being and art teacher and artist I have explain and
shown students all the ways an image can be produced:
tracing, tracing paper, light boards, windows, opaque
projectors, grids and yes drawing from photo's. I
also take the time to show them observational drawing:
nature, people, animals, stilllife.
By showing students a variety of options I let them
make the decision on independent projects how to
develop the image. Part of higher thinking is finding
the best solution to the problem of recreating the
Part of the lecture on copying is that issue dealing
with who owns the original image. When the student
has taken the photo the issue of originally is not
there but when they copy from a copy written image it
is a different story. I explain the need to present
to the public images that are original and if you
don't they must acknowledge where the image came from.
We must remember that the majority of students in our
art classes "will not be professional artist" but "
life long makers of art". As life long makers of art
we need to supply them with all the tricks, techniques
we can. The art experience in elementary, middle
school and high school might be the final art
experience they ever have, or might be the seeds that
are sown to later grow at a later time. Step out of
our own preferences and give our students the tools to
become those "life long art makers".
--- Woody Duncan <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I myself draw from photos (2-D) that I take but I
> know and believe that
> observational drawing is the best way to learn and
> grow. I would not
> had the
> skills and confidence I have today if it had not
> been for a series of
> art teachers who insisted I draw from observation.
> On occasion I myself
> gave students 2-D images to copy (it's hard to bring
> a lion into the
> but I always explained over and over that this was
> not the best way
> to learn.
> On Aug 12, 2006, at 3:52 PM, artsymartsy wrote:
> > not all students are spatially intelligent. These
> students need
> > other ways
> > of learning to draw. Some students find it
> difficult to know where
> > to start
> > in an observational drawing, because they caught
> up in all the
> > details.
> If they are caught up in the details then it is our
> job to show them
> how to ignore
> those details. It is our job to teach all students
> the skills
> necessary to be
> confident with drawing from observation. It is
> especially that "non
> intelligent" student who needs our help to gain
> skills and confidence.
> > In order for these students to enjoy drawing they
> must experience a
> > sense of
> > achievement or success. This is where copying
> comes in. Copying a
> > 2D picture
> > or drawing is easier than drawing from life. Plus,
> copying a
> > drawing that is
> > upside down is a way to shut down the critical
> side of the brain and
> > hopefully activate the creative side.
> Of course upside down drawing helps learn how to
> stop naming as they
> draw. I've had students when given a photo of a
> bird, turn it upside
> down so
> they could more easily draw it. Yet, I'd rather have
> a stuffed bird
> in the classroom
> for students to draw from. Let's get our concepts
> straight, using
> photos as
> a drawing resource is not the same as "coping". That
> word is loaded with
> negative connotations. We can use 2-D models and
> teach students to be
> creative in the way they are used in their work.
> > The goal is for the student to feel
> > confident about his or her work. Once confidence
> is built then you
> > can move
> > on to observation of real life.
> Greater confidence will be had by teaching the
> looking and seeing skills
> needed for observational drawing. Then you will have
> a very confident
> student artist.
> Woody, Retired in Albuquerque
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