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I'm following up on a discussion we had a short time ago, about the source
of those dark lines around the subjects in student drawings. A fourth grade
teacher was showing me some drawings that were done in her class which were
quite well done, and very neat. The drawings she was most appreciative of,
were colored neatly, but also had very heavy lines around the edges of
shapes. I laughed, and told her about our discussion. She said, "I'm the
one that's teaching them that!!" She thought the lines cleaned up edges,
and made things stand out. We laughed, but I did tell her that when
students reach towards the goal of more naturalistic drawing, the dark lines
are a habit that sticks, and hinders the students development. I don't
think I changed her mind, but I just thought I'd tell you all.