Ha Ha - I have the opposite problem with crayons - my kids only color lightly. The teacher for the tiny kids shows them certain techniques which give certain effects, which they love. I cover color mixing pretty extensively in 2nd grade and one class was so unruly that I couldn;t paint. We got out the crayons and the assignmnt was not only to overlap colors to create new ones, but also to create at least 4 values of each color. This value thing has continued for the next 2 projects and Wow - what a difference in the kids works!.
Now, to transfer those skills to pencil.
From: ARTNSOUL12@aol.com [mailto:ARTNSOUL12@aol.com]
Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2003 6:10 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: "light" lines(was lousy coloring skills)NO Problem!
In a message dated 12/09/2003 9:17:08 PM Eastern Standard Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
Marvin's response brings me to another question: HOW do you get them to
draw lightly?! I demo and demo and demo how to draw light guidelines by
dragging the pencil alongside the ruler, allowing it to just skim the
paper. I demo and demo and demo how to hold the pencil farther back
along the barrel when drawing the contours for something that will be
shaded in or (badly) colored ;) later on. No dice...they still clutch
those pencils tightly and press down with all their might, rendering a
big fat pencil line that's impossible to hide or cover up. This is
throughout all the grades (5-7).
Hi, Again, Maggie,
LOL...o.k., now I'M writing a book- How to Plant Success into the Little One's Techniques Without Them Ever Knowing It....I think clutching those pencils is inherent in the children's development, as well as coloring sloppily. After all, if you grew up wih hours of clicking that mouse since you were two years old, the only highly developed finger you might have might be your index finger....but getting back to a simple solution to your problem....
ONLY order #3 pencils for the art room! It's funny, once in a while a #2 will slip in there and I will go running over to the student and replace it immediately. In my school I do not allow them to have any of their own pencils with them. Trust me, this solution has saved a lot of kids from feeling frustrated that they can't erase the lines. They can grip any way they want and the line is light. Bless those hard lead pencils! Speaking of rulers, another tip: I have ininvested in T-squares- what a difference getting a straight line with those. When the art calls for it, the kids love to line the T-square on the edge of the table and line up and tape their papers on the edge as well.
Hope this helps.
Susan on Long Island