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Re: seeing/drawing window?

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Rosa Juliusdottir (rojul)
Mon, 2 Nov 1998 20:40:27 -0500

Hi Marvin. What very interesting material you are writing about. I know
lots about Suzuki music learning, both my children did it and my daugter is
now finishing her first degree at NEC(New England Conservatory of music)
next spring. I have also very much wondered about the things you put
forward in your post. F.ex.
<When is the ideal window of opportunity for learning to see and to draw?
<What if children were given formal lessons in seeing and drawing in the same
<way they are given formal Suzuki violin lessons when they are only 3 or 4.
<Is anybody studying this in seeing and drawing? Does anybody know of any
<"Suzuki" drawing teachers? Is any research being done related to the best
<age (most optimal) to learn observational drawing? Are their any programs or
<studies that work with very young children to help them discover their
<seeing/drawing potentials while their brains are still malleable?

<We all know of a few children who happen to become very good at
<observational drawing. Might this be because they happened to practice and
<learn it at the right time (younger than we now suspect) during their brains
<development? If we could prove this, how would it change the way we teach art?

My youngest students are 4 yrs. old and I do have my 4, 5 and 6 yrs old do
quite a bit of observational drawings; self portraits using a mirror,
different stuffed animals and still life´s of many kinds. Also they draw
each other in different positions, like picking up something from the floor
or lifting their arms to reach for somethings. I do believe this makes a
difference. Children can learn how to see at a much younger age than we
expect them to. But I have not researched it. I would like to though. Does
anyone know of any such research?
Best regards from the far north, Rosa