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Re:drawing

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Tue, 19 Nov 1996 17:23:12 -0500

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Roy Liebergen questioned why his 5th grade students didn't like drawing the
clothing he set up. I have faced this kind of drawing resentment before too
and really wasn't certain of the reason until I read some of the other
responses. Yes, I think they were frustrated, but not because it was too
difficult for them. I think it was frustrating because clothing is
something they think they know, yet don't know how to draw it. Someone else
wrote about how they seemed to enjoy doing a still life of teddy bears. The
difference, as I see it, is that they are more comfortable, more willing to
take a risk drawing something they don't know than drawing something they
do know and failing at it. The unusual subject matter gets them to actually
look at it as they draw. The known subject matter encourages the attitude
of I know what it looks like, so I don't really have to look at it when I
draw. This corresponds too with Betty Edward's theories in Drawing on the
Right Side of the Brain. We have to find ways to get our students to
actually look at what they are drawing, and to teach them fundamental
skills too. So, the unusual subject matter of teddy bears or plastic
animals or umbrellas are great things to draw because it's not something
they are so familiar with, like clothes or the traditional bowl of fruit
still life. Therefore they will observe more carefully. I hope this makes
sense, it does to me.

Sandra Hildreth <shildret>
http://www.northnet.org/hildreth
Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617


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