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Re: I need secrets


From: The Austin's (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Mar 19 2002 - 09:23:45 PST

One trick that I do is to take those students who say "only draw trucks" and
focus on other aspects of their drawings. I might begin with "these are
great contour drawings of trucks, but I'd like you to push them abit further
by shading them". Once they have the shading part down then I move on to
"I'd like you to concentrate on the backgrounds now - these are wonderful
trucks, but look how empty the background is". Now these are only for
sketchbook drawings, extra credit drawings, and free choice assignments. If
I know that I will have X number of students who will do the same old, same
old then I will try to give limited subject matter.

> Next year I have proposed a drawing course for my high school. We
> already have Art 1,2,3,4, and Art History courses. This will be for
> improving drawing skills and learning to draw. Some students who inquire
> about the course have said "I only like to draw". I know that some of
> these are told all through their childhood "you draw so well", by well
> meaning but not necessarily knowledgeable people. Some draw only tattoo
> designs. I don't want to crush their enthusiasm, and I don't want to
> turn them off by learning fundamentals of seeing and drawing. I am
> appealing to your experience. How can I encorporate what they already
> do and teach good drawing skills at the same time?
> I have had in my studio courses the boys who draw trucks with big
> wheels on the bottom of the page and take art for 3 years and still
> think those trucks are great. How can I get through? Your suggestions
> will be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Heidi in VA.

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