Have them draw with blue colored pencil or crayon. The blue lines
fade into the picture when color is added much better than black. If
they really must, they can go back and add black lines later on, but
I've found that students really love this method. I learned this from
a lady who illustrates books and goes around to area schools to give
demonstrations. It works best if you start with a light-ish blue
(like cerulean) to do your sketching, then make darker lines (with the
same pencil) that you want to keep, then start coloring. She doesn't
commit to any lines until almost the final step, when she goes back in
with black (or sometimes purple) to add definition where it's needed.
By then, you can't find the mistakes. They've already melted into the
Hope this helps!
On 9/18/06, leah from work <email@example.com> wrote:
> > #1 ERASER - Staedler-Mars white vinyl. A good eraser is the best
> > psychological defense against the debilitating fear of mistakes. I may be
> > best to teach students to wait until they have found the correct line
> > before erasing. I saw this well illustrated in an early Picasso
> > self-portrait.
> I have been fighting the eraser wars for 6 years now - and this year I have
> started the ERASER FREE ZONE... I wonder if I am not making a big mistake.
> When I had regular pencils with erasers - (which were horrible anyway) kids
> squabbled over which pencils had an eraser - when I put out seperate erasers
> they were used for everything from mini footballs to nose and ear plugs
> (don't ask).
> I find they ruin the drawing surface anyway - and spend huge amounts of
> breath explaining to my kids the benefit of drawing lightly - we even start
> EVERY project with a "light line contest" (who can draw so lightly you can
> barely see it).
> Last year I discovered Ticonderoga 308 No. 2/HB big fat pencils which come
> with NO ERASER - and took this as a sign - that I should eliminate erasers
> from my classroom..
> We have discussed various options for dealing with "mistakes" such as
> incorporating it into the design - ignoring the offending line as it will be
> colored over later - and as the very last resort (the other side of the
> So far - there has been minimal drama, and my kids are starting to draw
> lightly instead of digging into their paper with their pencils, and then
> shredding the surface with the easers - but now I fear I may be damaging
> their delicate collective psyche by not allowing for mistakes....
> any thoughts?
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