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> >> I was wondering what all of you thought about the value of drawing
>>> Is it important to teach all high school art students to drawing
>>> If so, why? If not, why not?
>>> - Numo
>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