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Re: [teacherartexchange] Subject: Teaching to Observe


From: Ann Heineman (aiheineman_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Sep 11 2008 - 17:58:56 PDT

Hi Woody and Group,
        With blocking an eye for me, you would certainly get some interesting
drawing! I lack binocular vision and stereopsis due to ocular
misalignment, and with that I have an eye movement disorder called
"latent nystagmus." So when an eye is covered, the world for me shakes/
jerks side to side and my vision is greatly impaired. Even when I use
both eyes, following a moving object is difficult. It takes me longer
to focus. In school/college I struggled, for example, with life
drawing, bubble test sheets and any sport activity involving a ball.
So be aware and sensitive that some students may have difficulty with
certain activities in your classes.

                        Wishing everyone a great school year! Keep your ideas flowing on
this list. I still enjoy being in the loop even though I am retired.

                                Ann-on-y-mouse in Columbus
                                Art teacher, K-5, retired 6 years

  It takes a while for my eyes to focus on things.
On Sep 11, 2008, at 6:51 PM, Woody Duncan wrote:

> c.
> Good observational drawing is simply copying what you see before you.
> In the Renaissance, artists traced the 3-D world before them on a
> sheet of
> glass keeping their point of view constant by resting their face
> against a
> brace attached to the sheet of glass. This kept them from moving their
> eyes. Also, you might suggest that students draw with one eye closed
> to restrict binocular vision.
> Good Luck, Woody
> Do stress that you are teaching them how to see rather than how to
> draw.
>> They do detailed contour drawings of their book-bags on
>> mini-easels on the desk.
>> They find that when I walk around and say "where is that in your
>> bookbag?"
>> or "where is that in your drawing?"
>> Not sure if this helped......
>> Does anyone have a handout that might help introduce shading? What
>> are the
>> best artists to use as reference?
>> Thanks!!
>> terri
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