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[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]JUDIEJ48
Fri, 20 Feb 1998 05:07:33 EST
When I was in my art ed program, research pointed out that at about the age of
5th and 6th grade, students generally become more self-conscious about their
drawing skills and want them to be more realistic. This is also at a time in
their academic careers when a lot of schools stop formal art classes and the
"real" academics kick in big time. This is one of the reasons a lot of adults
are so afraid of art or creativity, they haven't picked up a brush or drawing
pencil since fifth grade, so they are probably haven't developed much beyond
that stage. In my opinion, if you have the interest and are willing to spend
time on a regular basis developing skills, one can improve their drawing,
painting, sculpting ability.
I also notice in my high school students a keen sensitivity to critiques in
class and especially any comments I make. I try to make supportive, positive
comments if I feel the student is making his/her best effort, whether or not I
agree with how they are expressing themselves. Encouragement is the most
effective approach in my experience.