>Gail wrote (in part):
> I feel at times that a picture file is very important. At
>>other times I wonder if the kids would be more imanaginative if I didn't
>>stress realistic all the time.
> I feel students can best learn to draw by observing the world around
>them. By observation, students can see all the elements and principles of
>design at work. This makes something that can be abstract and confusing
>(creating art), more concrete. When students practice creating lines,
>shapes, values, textures, forms,etc. from life, they then have a visual
>vocabulary that they can "draw from" when they try to communicate their
>imaginative, creative vision. You will notice that a group of people
>"realistically" drawing the same exact thing will have very different
>results, their creative vision is still there.
> On the issue of picture files, you can't always have the real thing,
>when searching for a starting point, or supporting details for your work, a
>picture is the next best thing. I needed dogs for my surreal, narrative
>paintings this past summer, they supported my concept. I had never drawn
>dogs before, so I needed pictures. BTW, even though I had never drawn
>I know HOW TO DRAW from obsevation, so I could do it. I did not copy, I
>used the pictures for details, bone-structure, musculature.....Anyway,
>artists must learn to draw, in my opinion.