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Re: [teacherartexchange] Teaching to Observe


From: Ken Schwab (bicyclken_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Sep 11 2008 - 08:52:01 PDT

That is a really good lesson and I wish I was teaching still so that I could use it. I am signing up to Sub this year and I might bring these items to a class and do it if things are right.


Ken Schwab
San Jose, CA

--- On Thu, 9/11/08, Sharon <> wrote:

> From: Sharon <>
> Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Teaching to Observe
> To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group" <>
> Date: Thursday, September 11, 2008, 3:13 AM
> The second day of school I put the words
> "Observation", "Imagination"
> and "Memory" on the board and had the kids give
> me definitions and
> tell me the differences between them. They concluded that
> memory and
> imagination are related because if you can't remember
> all the details
> of something, imagination takes over.
> Then I had them divide a piece of sketchbook paper in half.
> On the
> top half, I had them draw a piece of popcorn from memory.
> On the
> bottom half, I asked them to draw a circle and then turn it
> into an
> M&M. (Some kids' memories were pretty good and
> they got the font
> correct.) For good measure, I then had them draw, from
> memory, the
> M&M cartoon characters.
> I had them flip their papers over as I passed out napkins,
> gave them
> popcorn and small snack size packages of M&Ms and had
> them draw from
> observation. Of course their observational drawings were
> much more
> realistic.
> Might not be practical with large classes, but whenever I
> can involve
> food (I've also used popcorn and Oreos or other
> familiar candy like
> Hershey Kisses) I can usually get their attention. :-)
> On Thu, Sep 11, 2008 at 1:47 AM, Chantal Pinnow
> <> wrote:
> >
> >
> > Does anyone have a good example to teach kids to draw
> what they ACTUALLY
> > see, not just what they think they know it looks like?
> My class was doing an
> > observation painting of their open lockers. I got very
> frustrated with kids
> > who after a couple of days, didn't even have their
> locker open or wouldn't
> > rearrange their books the same way as they drew it on
> the first day. Their
> > answer was always "I know what it looks
> like." My question is "How do you do
> > an observation drawing if you aren't observing
> anything?" I understand that
> > some artwork is from memory or imagination, but we are
> doing observation
> > paintings.
> >
> > I would like a way to show them that you may THINK you
> know what something
> > looks like, but when you actually take time to observe
> you may notice things
> > are quite different. Sorry for the rant. That class
> just left and I was a
> > bit frustrated with them.
> > Chantal
> --
> Sharon
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