Dearest Numero Uno....Interesting you should put this debate only to high
school art students. I teach middle school and I find it absolutely
necessary to teach drawing realistically with my kiddies. This is THE
critical age for most of these students in the fact that they are
frustrated with their art not looking realistic and therefore they consider
it "wrong". Once they realize it a "skill to learn" and takes practice in
learning how to "look", they will generally give up (it's too much work)
without the prodding by me. If they give up too soon, they won't be joining
your high school art classes, rest assured. The unit I teach ALL of my 7th
graders in drawing can be frustrating to me as well because I ALWAYS have
one,two,three students who will fight me with the old "I can't draw...don't
want to do it" routine. It takes the patience of Job and countin' to 10
sometimes, but I always rope 'em in at the finale. Sometimes, too, they
might wind up hating me but loving art because they finally believe they
can do "art"...or rather drawing. They might never do it again but at least
they know they CAN! It's a kick to see the other 99% sit back, smile and be
proud of the realistic work they have accomplished. What a sense of pride!
Personally....I think they need these skills BEFORE they reach high school!
Is there anyone else out there who feels the same way? Cya...............
Los Cerros Middle School
Danville, California 94526