This list-serve is great! We just happen to be working on a unit on trees
(Art 1, H.S.). So, your ideas and tips are much appreciated. We're doing a
value thing with aerial perspective. The trees in front are darker and get
lighter as they go back in space. I show them on the over-head projector how
to split the branches up into "Y's", "V's" and, yes, "U's". I tell them not
to use rulers, they tend to look like telephone poles. I also tell them to go
"off the page" with the branches.
Then we'll go outside with sketch books and sketch some of the gnarled
old trees which line the chain-link and barbed wire fence by the railroad
tracks in front of the abandoned Heinz ketchup factory buildings just outside
the art room.
Dennis in Stockton, CA