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One-Point Perspective Site plus bad teaching experience...

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Bunki Kramer (bkramer.us)
Sun, 25 Jul 1999 22:12:36 -0700 (PDT)


>....and speaking of linear perspective, does>anyone know about the
>research i've only heard about that indicates 5th>grade as the
>developmental window for teaching it???.......>......the 5s were>more
>successful than the 6s and the boys more so than the girls. so,>what's
>that all about? ...... I'd still like to know about that research though,
>if>anyone's heard of it.>linda in michigan
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Hi....

Somewhere in my very organized desk area (bigtime "Ha") is the site address
you've been talking about and I can't seem to locate it. Can someone clue
me in to the one-pt. perspective site again? I'd be very grateful...yes sir
re.

Bad teaching experience....
I teach mid. school 6-7-8 and due to time limits, tend to teach 1-pt.
persp. in ART I which is primarily 7th with a few 8ths thrown into the pot.
I don't have a big problem but I do tend to notice 3 or 4 students who
never seem to get the entire package after drawing boxes/shapes and then
putting it into practice. It doesn't seem to have much to do with drawing
ability per se either. More than once I've notice my best artists having
the most trouble. Because of these experiences I wonder if this is because
perspective might possibly be more of a left brain function than other art
techniques.

Two years ago my very best artist Jason who, I would venture to say, was
the most creative and skilled of his art classmates, could not "get it" and
after a few attempts would not accept help from me nor talk wth me. This
happened at the end of first semester. He had one semester to go with me
and became...out of the blue...a discipline problem. He asked to be removed
from art and became a teacher's aide instead. I know this had been an
unpleasant art experience for him and I was at a lost how to help him. When
we met in the hallways, he refused to aknowledge my "hellos" and smiles.
This went on for the remaining year.

A year later he returned to say "hello" to me in my classroom, was all
smiles, and admitted I was his favorite teacher until we started
perspective and he couldn't control his anger with his inability to "do"
it. He went through such trauma with this. As I mentioned before, I've had
similar (though not as severe) experiences with a few good artists
seemingly understanding but not being able to put it into practice.

Now I've taught umpteen years and I've tried many approaches so I don't
think it's my teaching ability here that's the problem. Why do some
students who are highly gifted in the arts find trouble with perspective
and most others don't?

Have any of you noticed the same trend? Toodles....

Bunki Kramer - Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Rd., Danville, California 94526
bkramer.ca.us...(sch)925-552-5620


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