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Re: Drawing Animals

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menichino (menichino)
Tue, 23 Mar 1999 20:53:16 -0500

Hi Karla --
I've found that at about the 4th/5th grade level kids WANT to learn how to
draw things more accurately. They have an idea of how they think something
should look, and get frustrated when it looks "wrong" to them. I have been
doing a lesson on human figure gesture drawing with my 5th graders and they
enjoy it (and it leads to further figure drawing success). After drawing a
correctly proportioned "sausage" man together, I show them a series of
simple, realistically drawn figures (engaged in sports activities) on the
overhead projector. For the first few I use an eraseable marker on the
overhead image to draw what the sausages should look like for that
particular pose and they can draw along. As they get more experienced I
let them do the sausages (gesture drawings) all by themselves. Each pose
lasts only about a minute or so (bringing back the frustration I
experienced in freshman drawing in college -- the model would change poses
before I was done!! But I knew it was good for me) From there we go on to
drawing more formal figures and they're pretty proud of the results --
Liz in rural NY


> Replying to Rebecca who asked for ideas to explain gesture drawing to
> elementary students, I'm curious if it's really important to introduce it
> such a young age? My high school students have a bit of trouble with the
> concept, and would it not baffle students who are not yet at the age of
> abstract thought? I'm not an authority on early elem., and would be
> interested to hear others' ideas.
> Though I sure like the idea of kids being encouraged to scribble more!!!!
> Karla