Linda Kelty wrote: > > Bunki, In 21 years I've noticed that those who are good at math and maps > tend to pick up on perspective more readily. Good artists often draw > curvilinear forms and natural objects more readily and tend to understand > the emotive content and elaborative efforts of artwork. Many students who > don't view themselves as good artists but are good analytically can succeed > with perspective. This tends to turn them "on" to art. I always tell those > who are struggling about my own struggle with perspective and how, after > lots of practice, I finally "got it". The kids think I'm an "awesome > artist" so hearing about my own struggles encourages them. I also keep a > couple of pieces from my own early teens to share with them so they can see > the progression from early to later and the skill development. The success > in perspective has to be viewed more for the effort and approach to thinking > for the kids than immediate results. Sorry if this sound too preachy, but > this is what has really helped when I teach perspective. Less about how to > do, more about encouragement to try. A surprising number of students pick > it up, including mainstreamed special needs students. I also encourage peer > tutoring. If one student understands something, the way they break down a > concept or stage is more easily verbalized to another student and they have > a wonderful facility for making it understandable. They are seated at > tables and are encouraged to be a team that supports one another. Hope this > helps. I only have 2 or 3 students a year who can't get any of it. They > either aren't developmentally ready or have a visual/spatial limit that > holds them up. For those students, I try to grade on effort and tell them > that eventually it will come together for them. Another thing that helps is > to find direct applications that relate to their lives, such as drawing > their own home and designing the color scheme and landscaping that they > would use, given the money and opportunity. It just gets them thinking. > Hope some of this helps. Linda K. > Bunki Kramer wrote: > > >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 > > > > > >
I think Linda makes a good point in saying that students who understand
perspective can help other students who don't. Quite often a student
explaining a concept to another benefits both parties involved.