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Re: Re: drawing-gesture

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Lily Kerns (cwkerns)
Wed, 24 Mar 1999 15:16:11 -0600

You might try "air drawing"--no pencil. Just draw big, use your whole body
to help--no little finger twitches. Maybe have 2 or 3 models pose
differently, let the rest of the class guess which model is being drawn by
watching the movements. Once they get the concept of drawing big and
freely, you can go to large paper, with drawing tools.

You might try asking them to draw a pose with only three lines--a first
line to suggest the direction of the body plus arm/leg or whatever the pose
suggests; the 2nd/3rd to show the direction of additional arm/leg. Keep the
lines free and flowing. No head, hands or feet! Demo first-- asking the
class to guess which person you are drawing. Some of these drawings will be
exciting starting points for adding sausages (muscles), skin ( smoothing)
and clothing. They can also become the basis for some interesting "early
man" activities.

It would be good to spend some time on poses--how you hold a bat; 3 people
make an M; two different things with your arms;etc......Your PE or theater
arts teacher may be willing to collaborate with you.....

This relates to an activity an Iowa Arts Council dance team used many years
ago. The first person made a shape with their body (one they could hold for
a while). Then, one by one, the participants added or inserted their own
body to continue the shape making. Was fun to do and fun to watch--would be
fun to draw in this style.

I used this statement as the theme for this kind of exercise at any
level--"If your mind is dancing, your lines will dance!"

Lily Kerns CWKerns
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