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Re: Formula for good trees

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From: croberts (croberts_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Mar 12 2001 - 18:10:46 PST


Cindy E...now THIS is the way to teach children how to draw something. They
need to
SEE it! You're teaching them to see...and that's what drawing is all about.
Learning to
see.
Carolyn Roberts

> Then take the whole class outside to examine a tree (preferably a large,
> beautiful one). Drag along the paper and the pencils. Seat the students
on
> the ground and talk about the roots for about a minute, then the trunk for
> about 2 minutes. Describe the size, the texture, the function, everything
> you can think of. Then discuss the limbs. Talk about their proportion in
> relation to the trunk. Next the branches. Note how many branches come
off
> of each limb. Finally discuss the twigs and the leaves (if there are
any).
> Be sure to point out how far the twigs and leaves are away from the trunk.
> Walk from the trunk to the furthest reach of the tree pointing out how far
> out it stretches.
> Ask the students to NOW draw a tree on the other half of the paper while
> looking at this wonderful tree. I guarantee fantastic results.

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