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Check out some of the original Kindergarten exercises pioneered by Froebel
in the 19th Century. A recent book, Inventing Kindergarten, by Norman
Brosterman tells about the art and visual education that was the basis for
Froebels great experiment that became today's very academic Kindergarten.
I am careful to not get caught in thinking that I've missed a window of
opportunity with most of my students. That would be very discouraging.
I do alot of observational drawing (both 3-D to 2-D and 2-D to 2-D) with
students of all elementary grades. I recognized early on that their
drawings were more capable when observing and and more dependent on symbols
and cliches when allowed to draw from their heads. Isn't it part of the
problem that they tend to keep symbols and generic visuals in their left
brains and come to rely on them unless they are forced to use right brain
observation? Where do the lollipop trees, the triangle mountains, round
faces come from?
South Ripley Elementary School
1568 South Benham Road
Versailles, IN 47042 812-689-5383