I don't think copying negates drawing from observation, not at all.
It is one of many ways of working.
On 22-Aug-08, at 7:29 PM, Peshette, Alix wrote:
> I totally agree about drawing from observation. When I was
> teaching 7th
> grade art, we had drawing warm-ups. I taught how to draw and shade
> ribbons by reeling off lengths of cash register tape (found at thrift
> stores) and had student set the tape up on edge on the group table.
> They looked carefully and drew the contours and then shaded areas.
> Another warm-up involved destroying a foam cup (a BIG favorite with
> junior high). Each student got to break a piece of the cup and then
> arrange the pieces as a still life in the middle of the table for a
> one-minute quick draw. The cup and pieces were then passed to the
> student. Everyone got a chance to destroy the cup - they loved it. We
> also brought students' bikes into the classroom, put them up on the
> tables and everyone had to draw the bike from the view that they got -
> very challenging. For a Dia de los Muertos project, we borrowed the
> skeleton from the science department, put it up on a table and had a
> student get in a dance pose with the skeleton which we all drew.
> Ah...those were the days. The only thing I don't miss was scraping up
> crushed oil pastels from the dang carpet in our portable classroom!