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>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
>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