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Re: Drawing realistically

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Robert Beeching (robprod)
Fri, 11 Jul 1997 18:01:15 -0700

>Date: Fri, 11 Jul 1997 17:59:30 -0700
>To: shildret
>From: Robert Beeching <robprod>
>Subject: Re: Drawing realistically
>In-Reply-To: <33C64F4C.6119>
>At 11:20 AM 7/11/97 -0400, you wrote:
>>I think it is important to provide opportunities for students to
>>practice accurate drawing from observation, but equally important to
>>provide some instruction in it too. Some of us are naturally gifted with
>>an eye for visual perception, many others are not. I can recall being in
>>a college Drawing course and while I had no difficulty drawing manmade
>>objects in still lifes, etc., I was struggling with the human figure
>>until a professor pointed out that there are essentially no straight
>>lines - only combinations of curves - in the the human form (an many
>>other living things). That little tip literally opened my eyes to what
>>had obviously been there all along, but I hadn't seen. So instead of
>>watching students struggle with drawing from observation, I go to great
>>lengths to actually try to give them advice and pointers on how they can
>>improve. Then the other side of the story is to also provide what I call
>>drawing from imagination activities - so those who do not have the
>>hand/eye coordination for observational drawing have a successful outlet
>>for their abilities. We can't expect everyone to be da Vinci's,
>>especially when more and more of our state ed departments are
>>recognizing the arts as an essential part of a core education. When all
>>students need to successfully complete an art/music course as a
>>graduation requirement, as they do in New York state, I think we have to
>>be fair a educators. It's our job to provide instruction and
>>enlightenment, not make everyone into an artist.
>>Sandra Hildreth
>>C.L.A.S.S. (Cultural Literacy through Art & Social Studies)
>>Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
>>Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617
>I agree, everyone is not going to be an artist,
>writer, musican, mathematician, or athlete, but
>we can all profit from these basic experiences
>and drills!