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>Well, this subject seems to have brought in a lot of responses, of which
>most I have simple deleted. Why? Because I am one of those people who
>still draw much as I did in 3rd grade. Yes, I took art in high school
>and got a D. Becasue I am one who never stops trying, I took art again
>in college. This time I squeaked by with a C. I really, really, really
>tried. Our text was Drawing From the Right Side of the Brain, and still
>I had trouble. How can I help a student learn to draw realistically?
>All I can say is I like it. If they want to change it, I have no idea
>how to help them. Any suggestions or comments? Judith
I wish I were in front of you and I'd have LOTS of suggestions...I could
show you so much. Unfortunately I can't show you here and there's not a
good substitute for that one-on-one. The next best thing I can offer is
purusing the book....DRAWING FOR OLDER CHILDREN & TEENS (A Creative Method
for Adult Beginners, Too) by Mona Brookes ISBN# 0-87477-660-0. Read your
way to pp. 82-83 and try these drawings slowly looking at the lines,
curves...how they relate (close or far apart) to each other...what's found
in the center of each drawing...where the lines meet the sides and corners.
Another suggestion....I've never taken a Mona Brookes class so I'm only
guessing that it's like the book in most ways. Anyway, I'd suggest looking
into possible Mona Brookes workshops in your area. Ask a local art teacher
or look in the phone book.
I admire your fortitude and honesty in "trying" to draw and explaining your
frustration to us. Please, for me, would you give it another try?
Los Cerros Middle School
Danville, California 94526