You are not asking too much! Sixth graders are vary capable observers and should be able to meet this requirement in the sketchbook. Sometimes, it takes low grades to emphasize to the students that you are following through on the requirement! After a while, the expectation isn't even questioned anymore.
In my sketchbook requirements (highschool), I give A pluses to those students who do all of the observational drawings and who go above and beyond and include imaginary work as well (it counts as "extra"). Are you giving specific assignments that clearly spell out what the student is supposed to do?
Becky in NC
From: dawn stien [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Mon 2/10/2003 9:17 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: sketchbooks and observation skills
This may seem quite obvious to most of you, but I'm
debating about whether or not to require that
sketchbooks for 6th grade should be based on
observation versus imagination.
I know that most art schools are looking for drawing
from life in high school portfolios, but is now the
time to start pushing this?
I have been stressing the importance of routine
practice to improve drawing skills since most of them
have stated that they want to become more successful
with their drawing skills.
95% did not take this to heart this 6 weeks. The
sketchbooks are clever and very imaginative though.
On the other hand, I wouldn't be asking if deep down I
didn't feel like they should be OBSERVING, plus TEKS
say they should be observing. Am I asking too much?
Not enough? Maybe I should ask for half and half?
I appreciate your feedback - Dawn
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