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Re: Colouring In ..again!

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jeremy_schwanebeck.ia.us
Wed, 12 Nov 1997 12:49:31 -0800 (PST)

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Bob,
I'm afraid I must take issue with you position regarding coloring books.
I am an art teacher in Davenport, IA and I work with elementary students
every day. While many of my students are quite adept with art materials,
it has been my experience that children who have difficulty expressing
themselves have had a lack of experiences with art production. On a daily
basis I encounter students who have little understanding of the space on
their paper.
Many children don't think to color/fill the entire space that
available to them. Still there are students who use their space, yet have
no consideration for emphasis and value (in the form of assigning different
values to different objects). I usually have students draw their picture
first and then color it in. What I often see as a result is a paper which is
covered in large fields of color with a seemingly unrelated drawing underneath.
Coloring books reinforce the idea of emhasising objects by varying their
color and value. While they are by no means an piece of fine art unto themselves,
they are an invaluable teaching tool when used correctly.

Jeremy Schwanebeck- Elementary Art Teacher
Davenport Community School District
Davenport, IA

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