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Lesson Plans

Realistic Drawing

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Bunki Kramer (
Fri, 18 Oct 1996 20:34:24 -0700

>I wonder if it is because they have been drawing
>>the wrong way for a longer period of time then the 1st, 2nd graders and
>>it's "worked" up until now.
>I have found that if you get 'em young enough, before they form too many bad
>habit patterns, it seems to "take" better
> In following this discussion, I am wondering about the above two
>statements (authorship I've lost track of in the flow). Is it fair to say
>that children draw "the wrong way"? It appears that in every culture,
>children draw stereotypes which somewhow correspond to their environments.
>Why do people so consistently hold onto these sterotypes? What do they mean
>to the child, and are they just "bad habits" due to laziness or whatever,
>or do they contribute something toward development and well-being, perhps
>belonging? Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against learning proportions
>and realistic drawing. I just wonder about the stereotype thing because it
>seems so universal and close to many kids.

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Hi, it was me who said it was the "wrong way" but I used these words
because they come straight from the students' litle rosebud mouths and
their feeling that it's wrong but have trouble changing their style at the
middle school level. Between 11-13, they are so into realism and want very
much to succeed in drawing realistic now. I agree it is universal and
developmental but they sincerely want to change that. Even though they
switch easily over to a new approach with direction from me, I've a's much easier for them to revert back to the
same-old, same-old when they are on their own.

Bunki Kramer
Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Road
Danville, California 94526
sch.# 510-552-5620