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Lesson Plans


Tracing

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Melissa Enderle (melissae)
Thu, 16 Dec 1999 22:23:49 -0600


Thanks to all who responded regarding this topic. My question was spurred
after some students (middle school age) wanted to trace the final stage of
Poke'mon step by step worksheet. (They were finished early from glazing
their ceramic pieces.)
I think part of their desire to trace was to make it look perfect, the other
part was their laziness - an unwillingness to take the extra effort to look,
observe and draw what they saw. I did not see any learning going on by those
who began tracing. It was just faster and easier.
As some of you mentioned, I don't allow the kids to trace someone else's
artwork. They are permitted to trace their own things, though. I would
rather have an imperfect image that is drawn with care, effort and
observation than a stiff, impersonal tracing. I want my students to look at
the growth and self expression involved in the process, not just the final
product.

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