The line of reasoning that I hear consistently...either from kids or
adults...about the lack of self-confidence in drawing ability or lack of
"talent" (which I think personally is a bunch of baloney without mustard),
just "frosts" my brainwaves. As an art teacher who has taught drawing for
100 yrs., I am living proof that a teacher can TEACH drawing to ANYONE so
one CAN learn it. Forget talent...it's just a matter of teaching a child
how to look at something and break it down into compartments of lines and
curves. It's really a very uncomplicated procedure and doesn't hurt a bit.
The problem lies in the lack of confidence to learn on one's own without a
teacher. Since a child has done that for so many yrs. growing up, he has
lost faith in someone showing him how to do it. SAD!...when there are those
of us out there waiting to help him. But, once we get him, the biggest
"teaching job" is convincing him/her they can DO it! If one takes an
abstract drawing of lines and curves to be dissected by the artist's eye,
it's easy to show them the relationships to each of these elements and to
the edges of the paper.
If they don't have these simple, essential drawing skills down pat, all the
slapping of paint on paper will essentially be whilly-nilly or, at best, a
happy accident on canvas or carved granite.
Unlike "rb", I do see drawing skills being introduced to kids K-8 when art
teachers are available...which, sadly in California, is very little below
6th grade. Above that grade level, I have observed some good teaching. But,
and a big BUT....the regular classroom teacher also has not had good
training in their college preparation to learn these skills...much less
teach them. I guess, upon reflection, ed. prep. professors have certain
priorities to attend to and it's a shame these critical thinking/drawing
skills are not included. AND "this" could take us into a whole other realm
of discussion and I won't go "there".
Are drawing skills that important? You betcha!! An absolute necessity in
the field of art production and observation! Cya...................
Los Cerros Middle School
Danville, California 94526