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Re: Contour drawing motivation

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Sat, 25 Sep 1999 10:44:32 EDT

In a message dated 9/25/1999 10:02:33 AM, writes:

<< I read to them as they drew. You could've heard a pin drop, and
a few kids remarked afterwards that it made all the difference to them. I
read part of the first chapter in Bert Dodson's Keys To Drawing (I hope I got
his name right). >>

Yes, you do have his name right. The book is an excellent one. You can
practically teach right out of it. Your idea is intriguing. I'll have to
try it.

Something I tried yesterday that really seemed to work well is this: The
kids (also high school) were drawing their hands, and were on the exercise
where they are drawing their fingers pointed towards their face. They
obviously found this difficult, so, after exhorting about closing one eye,
and imagining the hand as flat, etc. I ran into my closet and found a small
piece of clear sheet acrylic. I held it over their hands and told them to
imagine that I had a picture of their hand. I then took their pencil and
said "this is easy, all I have to do is trace the contours that I see. Just
a little bit of the fingernail here, the wrinkles here, etc". It really
seemed to help them visualize their hands as being flat. One of the ways I
could tell I was getting through was that they were dead quiet, focused, and
watching as I held the acrylic over their hand.

Good luck!

Duffy Franco
Norwalk High School
Norwalk, CT