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Drawing/seeing

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Mark Alexander (mamjam)
Wed, 17 Sep 1997 22:52:07 -0500

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Dear Drawing Teachers,

What I keep thinking of while reading the ongoing debate about how to
properly teach drawing, is that there are probably as many ways of learning
how to draw as there are ways to teach it. Isn't it our job to try to reach
as many students as possible? Doesn't it make sense that some students will
respond better to visual relationship methods and some will respond to the
formula methods?

I love reading all the different approaches, because if I'm going to be
good at my job I figure I'll probably need to call on any or all of the
teaching techniques posted, in order to reach the majority of the students
I'm being held accountable for. Personally, I'm a visually oriented person,
and I learn better when I can see it. However, I know by the cocked heads
and blank stares that not all of my students do, and they depend on me to
find another approach.

The part about the debate I don't care for is the condescending attitudes
expressed when someone feels their method is more correct than someone
else's method. Let's keep expressing our ideas, but let's stop thinking of
them as so much better than other ideas. Try to think of teaching as being
something akin to cat skinning!

Respectfully,

Mark

Mark Alexander
1-8 Art on the Cart
Lee H. Kellogg School
Falls Village, Connecticut 06031
U.S.A.

"We are healthy only to the extent
that our ideas are humane."
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.


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