Interesting reading, with the responses, Patricia and Woody.
I do a lot of drawing with my classes because everyone I've ever met who says "I'm no good at art" means "I can't draw." Drawing is a skillthat can learned, and I firmly believe that the observational, spatial, logical and expressive skills one acquires through drawing are absolutely necessary to be an educated person. IMHO drawing may be the most important thing we teach.
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>Date: Sun, 13 Aug 2006 14:40:34 -0600
>From: Woody Duncan <email@example.com>
>Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] copying (and I'm venting)
>To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>On Aug 13, 2006, at 1:06 PM, Patricia Knott wrote:
>Wow !! Where does one start ?
>> I think we have to think long and hard if DRAWING is the start
>> point for art education?
>> and in how many ways can we accomplish observation? We have all
>> kinds of devices now
>> (cellphones, digital cameras, i-pods, camcorders, web cams...) that
>> can capture a moment immediately.
>> How much do our news services rely on immediate cellphone images?
>> a lot.
>> And, I really have to wonder why I ask a kid to spend a long time
>> capturing in a drawing
>> when it can be immediate with devices.
>Drawing taught me to see as an artist, shapes , lines, edges,
>composition, etc. It allows me now to
>pick up a camera and use it effectively as an artist. Perhaps I could
>have become a decent photographer
>without drawing first but I doubt it.
>> I have really put drawing low on my priorities.
>An art class with little drawing, it sounds sad ! but that's my opinion.
>> I keep wondering why we hold on to this drawing thing? I draw, I
>> love to draw, But it's not the norm,
>> or is it so necessary. Cameras record and hold.
>The human mind must be taught to see, to hold and to cherish before
>any new technological tool can be
>utilized effectively. Drawing, through out history has been effective
>in teaching artists to really see.
>> Can someone tell me why it is important for a student to go
>> through the pain and agony of having to draw,
>> when they know they can't.
>"When they know they can't" ??? I can't speak Spanish but given
>instruction and more importantly strong
>motivation I would learn to speak it well. It is our job to motivate
>an with passion. An art teacher who does not
>really value drawing would have trouble motivating students to learn
>> Let's let go of the drawing and let's see that each kid finds a way
>> to express through any means
>> Art allows for all means. Everybody talks about the standards and
>> meeting them,
>> But they are so open you can use any method to achieve the goals.
>If drawing is not in the standards, then it is our fault because we
>wrote those standards. If we need to
>correct our error so drawing is addressed in art classrooms then lets
>be specific on at least that point.
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