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Re: [teacherartexchange] Subject: Teaching to Observe


From: Woody Duncan (woodyduncan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Sep 11 2008 - 19:17:45 PDT

Ann - Thank you for the point. I hope we are all flexible with the
various needs of our students.
I've had several color blind students who needed adjustments in

On Sep 11, 2008, at 6:58 PM, Ann Heineman wrote:

> 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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