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Re: Working along with the kids (warning - long)


Date: Mon Jul 21 2003 - 12:35:16 PDT

Another way I help kids with drawing is to carry tracing paper around
with me. When kids need help with drawing, don't know how to do
something, or when I want to demonstrate some of the drawing tips I use,
I can lay a piece of tracing paper over their drawing and show them and
talk them through their problem. This is especially good for the kid who
constantly starts over. Sometimes they just CAN"T see any other way than
the perfect way that they were trying so hard to accomplish and then
made one tiny WRONG mark. Such perfectionism makes me sad, but often
those kind of kids just haven't been trained to look at what they have
done and make a game out of trying to turn it into something else. A
group of kids from the table will come over with me, and we will play a
game with the tracing paper trying to think of other clever things to do
after the "WRONG" mark occurred. I just love seeing a kids face light
up when they see how much fun it CAN be to turn plan A to plan B. And
when we've played around, the tracing paper is removed and the kid
continues with their drawing.