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  • Ken Rohrer
    Marianne, I too used Betty Edward s Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain and Drawing on the Artist Within. You can read all about it on her website:
    Message 1 of 8 , Oct 1, 2004

      I too used Betty Edward's "Drawing on the Right Side
      of the Brain" and "Drawing on the Artist Within." You
      can read all about it on her website:


      You will be able to sign up for a mailing list, view
      portfolios and read other information. When I taught
      her methods, students who were poor drawers suddenly
      became great drawers. I also used it when I taught an
      adult night drawing course. It worked wonders.
      Basically the concept is to force someone to tap the
      creative side of the brain. One of the ways this is
      done is to draw upside down.

      I highly recommend her books. It will be money well


      --- art_education@yahoogroups.com wrote:

      Date: Fri, 01 Oct 2004 00:06:59 -0000
      From: "mgalyk" <mgalyk@...>
      Subject: Art I - need help with drawing ideas

      Hi, all,
      I desperately need your help. After 4 weeks of putting
      it off, and
      trying to let the kids get to know me, I finally
      started basic
      drawing with my Art I students today. (This is my
      first year at the
      HS level, although many of the students know me as my
      kids attended
      here, and I taught in the elementary for 5 years.) Up
      to this point,
      we had done a graffiti project which was a hit, a lot
      of stuff with
      line styles, etc., and most have completed an original
      drawing using
      those line styles that we practiced. I began with
      contour line
      drawing of their hand. They did a pre-instruction
      drawing (through
      moaning and groaning) and then I demonstrated blind
      contour. More
      moaning and groaning -- not to mention peeking...as
      they tried (and
      I use the word "tried" loosely) that! I explained that
      I didn't
      expect that one to be a good drawing....just trying to
      get them to
      spend more time LOOKING. Then we began to draw while
      looking. I
      don't know HOW to get them to TRY harder and stop
      there constant cry
      of "I can't draw". Many just give up and get pouty.
      Probably 2/3 are
      in the class just for the art credit they need to
      because they really want to take art, although I have
      a few truly
      interested students scattered about. What do I do
      next? Where do I
      go from here experienced high school art teachers????
      HELP!!! I
      don't think that they expected to actually have to
      DRAW in art. I
      don't expect miracles, but I do expect EFFORT. (And I
      accordingly.) I need a plan. Is my approach wrong?

      Ridgemont HS, OH

      P.S. - The other thing that happened that baffled me
      was the kid who
      drew REALLY well on his pre-instruction drawing and
      then even better
      after a little instruction I asked him if he drew much
      outside of
      class and he said "No, I HATE to draw." That one
      REALLY baffles
    • K Olson
      Take a look at the workbook, So You Thought You Couldn t Draw by Sandra Angelo. It is full of grid drawings. Kathy Olson
      Message 2 of 8 , Oct 1, 2004
        Take a look at the workbook, "So You Thought You
        Couldn't Draw" by Sandra Angelo. It is full of grid

        Kathy Olson
      • Grace LaForge
        Michele - I have been re-thinking having everyone learn through drawing as a basic. I work with Special Ed High School students and there is a lot of
        Message 3 of 8 , Oct 1, 2004
          Michele - 
          I have been re-thinking having everyone learn through drawing as a basic.  I work with Special Ed High School students and there is a lot of resistance, fear and disinterest with these acquired skills.( Sort of a concentrated version of what you're experiencing, I guess.)  I have always offered choices when I met with resistance.
          It has helped me to step back and take another look at what my role is as an Art educator and what would be most meaningful for students to experience during their time in the Art room. 
          I have found that the concept of using centers as laid out in Choice-based Art Education  http://knowledgeloom.org/tab/index.jsp is something that i've adapted to my program. It makes sense for me.  It also allows me to talk less and give them a chance to discuss, wonder and enjoy expressing themselves. 
          Most of my students want to use materials in some way and many have been more open to trying challenging projects after watching others take the leap. Of course I first saw it described on IAD in the ART NEWS section -scroll down to the article on Kathy Douglas.  If you have Sept. 2004 Arts and Activities, she also has a concise article there.  It is used on both elementary and high school levels but it seems especially suited to those classes for non-art-majors.
          Alternatively, Marvin Bartel presents drawing "Rituals"  which could begin and end the class.  Some years these have worked for me, depending on the makeup of the class.   http://www.goshen.edu/~lonhs/GCPUBLICATIONS/Bartel.html
          I also taught elementary, then "graduated" to the older students.  It sure is a different ballgame!
          Have fun - grace
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