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Re: [teacherartexchange] copying


From: Jeff Pridie (jeffpridie_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Aug 13 2006 - 11:16:05 PDT

I do respect what you are saying and yes agree that
"observation/seeing" is the base for good drawing. If
we observe a photo, trace a photo or draw from real
life that observation is still active and important.
In copying, teaching students to "see" detail, values,
color, proportions has its value as one way in a
variety of ways to teach drawing. The job of the
teacher, Elementary, Middle School, High School or
College is to push the student past copying others
photos, drawings, paintings to find original subject

Originally is another issue that I believe needs to be
addressed in the classroom.

Jeff (Minnesota)

--- Woody Duncan <> wrote:

> On Aug 13, 2006, at 11:18 AM, Jeff Pridie wrote:
> > Unlike "Math" drawing requires observational
> skills,
> > "seeing" detail, and eye hand coordination. For
> some
> > these skills are second nature but for most they
> are
> > extremely frustrating and take a large amount of
> time
> > to master. Offering them one method to develop
> that
> > drawing skill is like the "Math" teacher that only
> > requires drill and practice without offering other
> > techniques and possibilites to find solutions.
> Perhaps we are playing with words here and we may
> have to
> agree to disagree on this topic. I think we both
> believe that we
> really teach seeing rather than drawing. As you
> said,
> "drawing requires observational skills". I simply
> believe
> that teaching drawing by observation is of prime
> importance
> to learning to see and learning to see more fully is
> our
> major job when we teach drawing. Hopefully our
> students
> will meet teachers with various opinions. I've had
> college
> professors who thought copying others photos was
> fine
> as was projecting photos to trace was OK as well. I
> for
> one will stick to my opinion. I'm no longer teaching
> but
> I'll give art teachers a printmaking workshop in a
> couple
> of months which requires a drawing. I will provide
> silk flowers
> so they will be drawing from observation first. It's
> important
> to teach what I preach. Here are my triplet
> grandkids, a few
> years ago, drawing from observation.
> Had to add that one to the discussion, Woody
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