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Re: seeing/drawing window

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Mon, 02 Nov 1998 23:57:40 -0400


I had been teaching jr./sr. high art for 10 years when a budget crunch
made me into a K-12 art teacher, traveling between 3 school buildings.
One of the first things I did, (besides throwing out the tracing
patterns and ditto pages of the eliminated teacher) was to get my little
students drawing. I did both drawing from observation (simple objects
for primary grades) and inventive type drawing (suggesting a creative
topic) for older grades. I also did many "teach them how to draw"
lessons for specific things from trees to Garfield the cat. If I
remember correctly, they all willingly drew until they reached around
5th grade - then I heard more "I can't draw" responses. I only taught
K-12 for 4 years, then returned to High School, but for many years I
would see things I'd taught them as elementary students show up in high
school projects. I've always maintained the thought that if there was
more drawing in elementary school, both in art and in other subjects,
that we would have more students and adults willing to express
themselves visually (and more capable of responding to visual
expressions).
-- 
Sandra Hildreth
Home Page: http://www.northnet.org/hildreth
Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
School Pages: http://www.northnet.org/mwcsart/mwart.htm
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617