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Lesson Plans

drawing realistically

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Thu, 10 Jul 1997 10:26:42 -0400 (EDT)

Hello all-
It seems to me that observational drawing is a skill that is valuable to
teach at all levels above about fourth grade. Not that it is necessarily an
end in itself, but that it teaches us to focus and to really see. The middle
school students that I teach usually equate representational drawing with
being a good artist and they think that this skill is a talent they either
are born with or will never get. I teach it as a skill that anyone can
achieve, but as only one aspect to being an artist. It is really exciting to
see a student begin to focus and see and therefore be able to draw. I just
took a four week course myself in drawing and painting the landscape in which
I spent the whole first week honing my own drawing skills. It was most
exciting to work with a group of people looking at the same landscape and
then to see how many different interpretations there were of the land. The
instructor guided each of us by looking over our shoulders -- and I soon
branced out into abstracting what I was seeing. Very exciting and a wonderful
model for howrepresentational drawing can serve as a springboard for
individual expression.