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> >Now if we can just get rid of the dark line around everything that they
> >brought up from elementary. At least most of mine have had a struggle to
> >that habit. Maybe that is not so common.
> Dear Reatha (and anyone else who is interested),
> We (or, at least, I) elementary art teachers don't "teach" our students to
> draw dark lines around everything. It's something they just do, and we,
> like you, try to break them of the habit. Left to their own devices,
> students will go back to what they feel comfortable with, until you convince
> them that another way that might be better. They need to be reminded
> often. Please remember, we get our students once a week for 40 min., if
> we're lucky. Unless the student practices (as the skilled students do)
> outside of art class, it's hard to make a dent in those ingrained habits.
> I know elementary teachers aren't teaching those "bad" habits but I'd sure
> like to know where they came from. A lot of it seems to come from language and
> symbol development. But where do they learn to make white skies with blue
> clouds? I get that at every grade level (middle school). I'll ask, what color
> is the sky......they'll answer blue........then I ask what color are clouds
> (mostly).....they'll answer white........then I point to their picture with
> white sky and blue clouds, and they will kind of startle, and say OOOHHH! Then
> I ask them why they did it..they say I dunno.
Well I sure dunno either! Any theories? Is it a positive/negative thing?
This is not an earth-shaker I admit, but it puzzles me.