Altho I don't contribute often let me share a great warm-up exercise with you
and my fellow instructors for a drawing class.
Getting kids to "sketch" prior to drawing details on a work has always been a
problem for me. There's always the kid that tries to work from the inside out
without a rough sketch as a guide, so, here's what I've done to encourage &
First, over the years I've collected little bits of "junk". Things like a
broken stapler, parts from an automotive carburator, bent forks, etc...(you
get the idea:)
Next, I arrange my tables in a large circle and give everyone a sheet of
newsprint and a piece of junk. (I have a large box of junk)
I then tell them that they have 30 seconds to draw the object. At the end of
30 sec. I tell them to pass their object to the left (or right) and they then
have 30 sec. to draw the new object (handed to them by their neighbor). I
also remind them that in order to get credit for the sketch, I have to be able
to recognize the object. Very quickly they learn that they can't start with a
little detail, but instead have to just quickly sketch what they get.
After 3 or 4 passes, I cut the time to 20 seconds, then, eventually to 10 sec.
It's amazing, but their work seems to actually get better as the time grows
So, tuck this away and start saving junk.... Welcome to the world of the
hasta & good luck with your new classes........Jay
Brighton High School