I believe traditional "observational" drawing must be
taught but at the same time offer students other
alternatives because not all students grasp that
process due to learning styles, handycaps etc. If all
a teacher promotes is "observational" drawing
excluding all other techniques and "tricks" we are not
giving our student choices.
Drawing is a method of expressing an idea. Since the
beginning of time it has been a way to communicate.
Drawing has transformed itself through time from being
a language, a stand alone art form, to a planning
method. It was a way individuals recored images and
events (pre-photography). Through all time drawing
has had its aides to: tracing, use of light to
transfer, and gridding.
The issue is not drawing the issue is how one teaches
drawing: traditional or using other techniques or
tricks. What choices are you going to offer your
--- wendy free <email@example.com> wrote:
> i am confused, i thought you (jeff) were arguing
> 'against' drawing and now you have put forth such an
> eloquent argument for it...
> "When we look at an object...we pick out the
> analyze what is there, select what is important,
> decide what it should be and how it should be."
> i will admit that i can't imagine my life without
> drawing, that drawings to me are one of the ultimate
> truths and gratifications, both looking at them and
> making them. even given my extreme bias, though, i
> still see it as more of a rational than emotional
> argument that THE most important art skill students
> should learn is what jeff described: observing,
> processing, and producing an image that distills the
> essence of what is seen. to me this skill is a
> fundamental mode of human communication at least as
> important as writing or performing mathematical
> with respect to copying, defined as not drawing from
> life, i say from personal experience that while it
> nifty and useful to learn tricks and techniques of
> others, it does not compare with the delight and
> fulfillment experienced having worked through a
> problem of representing what i have seen in my own
> mind's eye and deemed it successful.
> great discussion!
> :D wendy
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