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As Lowenfeld once said "It is unfortunate that the very word 'scribble' =
negative connotations for adults."
There is UNCONSCIOUS "scribbling", and then there is "scribble =
ENTER THE CLASSROOM:
An untutored performance:
We see this fourth grader sitting at her desk confronted by a 12" x 18"=20
sheet of WHITE sulfite lying on a hard unrelenting bare desk.
She has made an outline drawing with a No.2 pencil with a line
the size of a gnats eye lash that she can hardly read.
Most of the drawing lies at the bottom of this enormous space.
It is an imaginary drawing of a garden with hills behind, with an =
amount of space left for sky.
To fill this "sky" space, she takes the thin point of her =
hard colorless wax crayon, and begins to laboriously "scribble" allowing
for desk marks to burnish through this enormous space.
It takes all her energy to complete the task.
A tutored performance:
A boy stands over his work in order to make use of his whole arm and
body action. He takes a 1/4" pad of newspaper that he has prepared, and =
it under a sheet of 9" x 12" sheet of white sulfite. He has decided =
that he does
not need a larger sheet of paper for his composition.
For his assignment, using a large nib black marker, he has made a line =
he consider to be only a division of space on paper. He has made a line =
of the part of the room that he SEES containing a stand holding a =
He considers this as a SPACE DIVISION EXERCISE where he will be
filling spaces using a LIGHT and DARK PATTERN of color distribution.
He brings out his set of jumbo pastels that have all the paper stripped =
To place color into large spaces, he uses the SIDE not the TIP of the =
to MASS IN the space. Using a pad under his composition allows
the pastel to yield color easily and quickly.
Q. Which child had a teacher with visual arts training?
You would think that GETTY would allow graphics on a VISUAL ARTS site!
In the meantime SEE: http://members.tripod.com/robprod=20
I feel we would all benefit (teachers
and students alike) if we looked upon drawing in a broad sense--one that
would include learning to make marks with different tools on different
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