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This thread got my attention! The first response is...ruffled feathers,
as if it's a crime to copy. I feel it's a cultural mentality.It seems
counter to my art education, yet is an avenue (based on from the heart
memories) that brings results!
The truth is, when I teach art from the gut..it is well received. Those
spring from my own learning experiences, that were joyful.
I used my engineer Dads' vellum to "trace/capture/copy/draw" the subject
matter of interest(3rd gr)from magazines. Models,etc. were carefully
outlined onto the paper. It seemed that the more interest I showed in
doing this the later I could stay up on a school night. The feedback
affirmed the early exercises I did were labeling me an artist (+).
I designed a lesson plan around those personal experiences.
1. Trace/copy/draw an animal photo (8x10)(outline).
2 Step 2 is to LOOK at the line tracing and draw onto a sheet of opaque
white paper attemping to capture the same size etc. and NOT trace.
3 Hide BOTH previous drawings (same subject) and again DRAW from MEMORY.
The results are then lined up, studied, and self evaluated.
This was always a surprise to the student artists that they COULD draw
the step3 without looking.
Try it ....................all your questions can be answered afirmative