> i have to tell you, giving students no choice of
> subject matter to draw for an assignment except a
> picture of the president (or any other person who is
> such an icon) sounds a little scary. if i'd given
> assignment, some of my students would have refused
> do it. putting students in this kind of situation
> does not seem like a good idea.
> wendy free
The purpose of the assignment is to teach them to draw
what they see, not what they know. It's no different
from doing a contour line drawing where they have to
draw a specific object you set out or a still life
drawing where they have to draw a display you have
When it comes to drawing realistically I think you
have to teach them how to work with drawing what they
see, proportion, perspective, value, etc. Once they
have a grasp of things then they could work on their
on subject matter.
That's just my approach because that was how I was
taught. I probably would not do that lesson with the
little kids, but for middle school and high school it
is effective. They will be amazed at being able to
create a work of art that actually looks like the photo.
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