I teach Art I classes and alot of the students that are there must have that
fine arts credit to graduate. Many would not take the class otherwise. I tell
them all at the beginning of class that drawing is a learned process and if
they learned to print and write in cursive, they can learn to draw. I
convince them of this. I also tell them there are probably a few people in
the class who have taught themselves to draw and that most of the rest
haven't learned yet. I stress acceptance of each person's "starting place"
and compare learning to draw to "any sport" they may go out for. The more
they practice, the better they will get.
Usually by the end of the year, they are amazed at what they have learned.
Most kids are excited about learning a new skill (underneath the cool
exterior) and will try. The first sign of anything half drawn accurately, I
go on and on and on about how I knew they could do it, often making
statements like....."Remember that fantastic bottle you drew (or key, or
flower or line study)" After awhile they believe me.
Let them know that you expect them to try. I often say, "When you sign up to
take Russian, you don't have to know one word of the language before hand. It
is the same way with Art I". Alot of their cool exterior about not being
interested is masking their insecurity that they wont be able to do it. Once
they see that you believe that they will succeed, they'll begin to believe it
Teresa in El Paso, TX