When we look at an object: a hand, shoe, tree,
mountains, person etc. we are looking at an object in
real time, real space. When we look at an object,
copying it from a photo, painting, drawing we are
looking at an event that has already taken place, a
memory, a frozen moment in time. We observe both, we
pick out the details, analyze what is there, select
what is important, decide what it should be and how it
As Art Teachers what should we be connecting students
more to? Which benefits students to the skill of
observation/seeing more? Which will bring them closer
to the true nature of creativity?
Just a thought?
--- leah rachlis <email@example.com> wrote:
> Last year I had an opportunity to invite a few HS
> seniors along on a field
> trip to the local Fine Art Center for a tour and a
> lesson - 2 of the
> students had not taken art with me since my first
> year of teaching - when
> they were in MS.
> One surprised me at how well he drew (from
> observation) shoes we were doing
> contour drawings off during this lesson at the Art
> Center. I complimented
> him -- and he totally shocked me when he said: that
> he had never thought he
> could draw before he had been in my class 5 years
> ago, when I "made" them
> spend 15 minutes, 3 times a week drawing their own
> hands from
> I quit doing that regularly, because so many baulked
> so loudly - but I do
> think it may be time to do it again!
> Drawing from observation is what makes me feel like
> an artist - it makes me
> feel alive.
> - Leah
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