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Date: Wed Feb 12 2003 - 16:20:25 PST

I think the need for observational vs. imaginative sketchbook drawing depends
a lot on the developmental level and interests of the student. If they
aren't ready to see value, form, and texture, observational drawing can be
frustrating for them. Still worthwhile, but frustrating! I teach both modes
of drawing as separate but equal processes to my 6th graders (I teach 6th -

 I have kids keep portfolio folders in class that are more like sketchbooks.
They contain handouts, sketches, grade sheets, and the four required
homework assignments that need to be turned in at any point over the course
of the term. The kids get to choose what they do and when, and I have seen a
HUGE difference in attitude and participation since working this way. Some
students explore and are proud of their imaginative work, others develop more
observational skills. They experiement with each type. I think establishing
some area of competancy is crucial to engaging kids to learn to draw, be it
imaginative or observational, and find that kids can address their skill
deficits better if they understand the difference between the two drawing

I don't see the kids for enough time to devote 15 minutes of class to
sketchbooks, so this system has worked really well for me in getting them to
spend time drawing and exploring art outside of the very limited class time
we have.
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Amy R.