One fun thing I have done is trace shapes from masterpieces -find
triangles, squares, etc and then work out value studies from shapes
and display abstracted shape composition next to photocopies
masterpiece. I did this with 7th grade and have not done it in a
couple of years but just decided to bring it back this year.
I have used Cezanne, Vermeer-an assortment of landscapes and interiors.
Quoting jjennifer west <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> I would love to hear some ideas on how you each teach
> drawing. Do you begin with teaching contour drawing
> first, only from observation, or also from famous
> illustrations by say Picasso? Do you then move into
> value, hatching, cross hatching, etc.? What are some
> clever devices you use to illustrate the concept that
> one can draw better from observation than memory? I'd
> love to hear your thoughts.
> thanks, jen
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