We are doing proportional drawings right now, but it is part of our
Renaissance unit. (What about 1pt and 2pt perspective?) Also - I stress
the mathematics of the activity to the students - (and I am more alarmed
at their lack of spatial visualization in math and their inability to
transfer what they see using references, angles and congruent 'shapes'
estimation and fractional pieces -than I am about drawing from a grid in
art.) The fact that it is an 'algorithmic' approach to drawing is not
lost on me. (If you multiply two digit numbers using an algorithm -
you'll get the right answer - but that's not much fun, and it isn't an
application of a concept or skill.)
Let me ask you this - do you think some people subconsciously see a
grid, or whatever other reference points are used, when they are
drawing? For some it is innate and for others, it isn't?
Why aren't these students 'seeing' in other classes? That's what
bothers me. What about scientific observation, descriptive writing,
Ellen (Honest - there is a still-life set up in my room, too) Sears