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> Hi Linda and all --
> In rural NY, out of my wonderful art room's big windows (sorry, that came
> out sounding like bragging -- I just really appreciate my "space"!) we can
> see exactly where the sky meets the ground because we look out upon rolling
> hills. And they STILL don't get it! I believe it's just the basic "I'm
> standing on the ground and it's down there" and "I look up to see the sky"
> relationship that is hard to translate 2-dimensionally for most kids. And
> it doesn't seem to bother them in the least, perhaps until they want their
> artwork to look more "real". Then they'll gradually start coloring the sky
> blue and leaving the clouds white, and using horizon lines "correctly".
> Some, of course never seem to get to that stage!
> > From: lindacharlie <lindacharlie>
> > Subject: Re: Drawing
> > I'm also wondering how much of the ribbon sky relates to their own
> > experiences of the outdoors. There are so few places anymore where kids
> > can actually see a horizon. How many kids get to see a wilderness
> > sunrise or sunset? The only time they go outside to play is in nice
> > "blue sky" weather. They are surrounded by architecture and the sky is
> > "UP." Do kids who live on farms or near the shore do this less than
> > urban/suburban kids? How about kids who spend their lives in front of TV
> > and video images, or in between soccer/football/dance lessons? How can
> > we expect them to understand the visual relationship of sky to land when
> > they never lay down on a grassy hill and watch a storm come rolling in?
> > Get out the Bierstadts!
-- john barrick Sandra Barrick astroboy http://home.fuse.net/astroboy