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Re: "I am frustrated after two Honors kids were complaining about sketching."
Wow. I guess I believe in sketchbooks. I teach drawing in H.S., and I
feel it is exactly like practicing an instrument. Quite simply, the more
you draw, the better you get. I can even tell if I, personally, have had a
"lay-off." I simply don't draw as well.
I think it is essential to use the sketchbook as a resource for future
projects. It has to make sense to the kids. I think examples of what a good
sketch looks like is also helpful. In my beginning classes, I assign
specific views, again, always with future projects in mind (e.g. Imagine
what would make a good relief print, and assign that topic for a few weeks.
Have kids look up historic pottery and sketch good shapes or surface
treatments before beginning ceramics). I give a handout for each
assignment that shows a drawing I have made to illustrate the concept.
In advanced classes, the assignments are always drawn from life, 3 to 5 per
week depending on the course. All I ask is that students "compose the whole
There was a thread a week or so ago, about art teachers who can't draw. I
would bet that if they made 36 drawings as examples for student sketchbook
assignments, they would all become better at drawing and representing what
they see. That, of course, would justify the assignments quite clearly.
You need to practice to draw well.
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