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My drawing secret!

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Bunki Kramer (
Mon, 18 Nov 1996 20:23:08 -0800

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HI, Carol.....

>Hi everyone, About drawing--I just had my fifth grade classes do a still
>life drawing that I thought would appeal to them--clothes hung on a
>hanger, jeans, a vest, a shirt and a hat in a pocket. They had to do a
>contour drawing first then add shading. The kids hated it--my question
>is why? I think the answer is they don't spend enough time drawing to
>get good at it and I encouraged them to draw for 10-15 minutes each
>night. The concept I was trying to teach was to really draw well, one
>must really look at the model. Help, tell me what I am doing wrong
>here. I have decided to start their classes with a short still life
>drawing for a while--drawing for about 15 minutes then moving on to the
>lesson of the day. Good idea or overkill? Looking forward to your
>ideas and comments, Carol
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I don't know why either but I DID discover a secret. They LOVE a still life
with lots of teddy bears...even 8th grade boys! I never hear one grumble
when I put them out for a drawing. And, don't ask me why!!!!!! A bunch of
opened unbrellas put together on the floor haphazardly (sp?) also proved
umgrumbable for the preteen monster set. One other idea...old motors from
machinery are nifty too and the boys dig these. They don't like clothes or
bottles, books or plants, etc....just the unusual! I kinda don't blame
them!! I like something different too!!!!

Bunki Kramer

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