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Re: drawing realistically

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Robert Alexander Fromme (rfromme)
Wed, 09 Jul 1997 18:02:20 -0500


At 11:43 PM 7/8/97 -0700, Robert Beeching wrote:

>>I wonder what da Vinc would would have to
>>say on this subject.

Probably..... very little. Had he been educated in our contemporary
educational system, he would have been identified as "gifted and talented"
and encouraged to load up on science and math courses at the expense of his
electives. Had he been a student in the Texas system where I teach, he may
well have had no required visual art learning experiences beyond the sixth
grade. On the upside, he would probably find employment working for NASA or
the Defense Department where a team of assistants would give the products of
his genius visual form via CAD workstations.
>>
>>WHY?
>>Because if one does not learn how to draw
>>well, one's paintings cannot improve!
>>

And then the next question might be

"How important is traditional painting in our contemporary world of art?"

>>Drawing is the only exercise which requires
>>a student to analyze a subject visually, and
>>to render it critically.

So painting, sculpture, architecture, digital imaging, and other media in
the visual arts are
not exercises which require students to analyze a subjects visually, and to
render them critically?
One wonders what these other media require of the learner.

>>Besides, the Disney people require
>>all animators to be able to render
>>subjects faithfully from live models before
>>attempting to stylize them.
>>
>>Recently, one magazine art director complained
>>that the new batch of art school graduates, flat out
>>couldn't draw well enough to be hired at entry
>>level.
>>
>>No wonder, "critical" drawing has not been taught in public
>>schools for past 40 yrs. If your students like "Bevis
>>and Butthead", don't teach them to
>>draw effectively - it will spoil them for more of
>>the same.
>>

I am surprised that these blanket comments have not met with more
resistance from our list members. If one is an educator in the arts and one
remains silent ( ie. if one the statement ride) then we must assume that
the group member has agreed that "critical" drawing has not been taught in
public schools for past 40 yrs. Perhaps we must ask for a more specific
definition of "critical" drawing before we react to or accept Bob
Beeching's statement. It might also be helpful to learn a bit more about the
first hand experience, the resources and the research which has prompted
this statement.

Bob Fromme