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<< <<<I found your comments interesting-I use DrawSquad (I think he is on
with my second graders. I have no art education to speak of (just a
love of it). I tell the students as I demonstrate the techniques that
this isn't art but it will help them with their art. I know some of it
sinks in because kids are starting to use horizon lines, shading, and
shadowing in their pictures that they are drawing.
I think what you're doing is art/drawing instruction. Don't belittle
it...it's great and 2nd graders do learn. I watch The Draw Squad
and he gives some terrific techiniques and tips on how to draw and make your
drawings more realistic. He also has the viewer follow along... but, going
fast as he does, it's near impossible to keep up (unless you tape and replay
the show). Imagine slowing him down and waiting for each of the viewers to
replicate what he just did before he went on to draw the next line. This is
what the Monart drawing is like.
He's also different in that he shows the tricks and then encourages the
students to send him their drawings based on what they learned in the
lesson.... he allows for creativity. The Monart instruction that has been
going on in our schools is just the "follow the leader" part and all the
drawings then go on the wall. There is little to no encouragement to come up
with your own ideas. I do know that that is NOT how the original program
works...the original (from the book) went more along the lines of the Draw
Squad...however, most classroom teachers (especially those with little
confidence in art instruction) leave it at the "follow the leader" step.