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Re: Drawing

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Tue, 19 Nov 1996 15:58:09 -0400

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I introduce my 3rd grade students to drawing 3-D objects buy
letting them choose from a box full of McDonalds/Burger king type toys.
They are cheap, easy to come by, and the kids love them! They are so
interested in the objects that sometimes it takes them awhile to choose
their favorite one. I think that one of the things they like best about it
is that they have "their own" to draw from. They can keep it on their desk
where they can look it over really closely, and handle it. I don't know why
but I have found that the actual distance a student is from the still life
plays a big part in how interested they are in drawing it. I encourage
students who draw more quickly to draw more than one view of the object,
make up their own toy still life by adding more toys, or to create a
background for their toy.
Paula McNally

>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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