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Re: more on contour drawing


Date: Sun Sep 01 2002 - 21:10:33 PDT

Some more about contour drawing that has worked for me:

If a student has trouble seeing edges as contours, another teacher told me it
can help to hold up a pane of glass or Plexiglas and "trace" around the edges
of objects seen through it with a china marker or overhead pen. Helps them
get it.

You can also make an overhead transparency of a photograph of a figure or
whatever and use a blank transparency sheet over that. Using an overhead pen,
trace the contours on the blank sheet, then stack the photo transparency on
top and lift it up on the overhead so they can easily see the contour-object
relationship. I think it would help them to visualize the edges as lines when
they are looking at something, which is one of the best results of contour
drawing. Especially with little ones.

It was especially successful when I read to my high school students selected
passages from books such as Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain and Bert
Dodson's Keys to Drawing, while they were already busy drawing. They really
listen and say it helps, I think because their brains were already working in
concepts and they were receptive. Hearing other sources say the same things
helps them to have more courage to go against their inclination to draw what
makes sense instead of what they see.