I had this workshop for all of the art teachers in my school district last
February. It really does make you think about how you teach drawing.Most of
the 35 teachers there really liked it and have used the method. It was
definitely more popular with elementary and Middle teachers. The High School
workshop was supposed to be separate but Mona Brookes got sick and had to send
another trainer at the last minute.
There is a lot of guided drawing which seem opposite of the way most of us
were taught to draw. Altho there are lots of opportunities along the way for
students to be creative. Students get results that "look" advanced for their
age and can give them confidence it their ability to draw. There is, however,
the potential for lots of students to end up with very similar pictures.
But it did make me realize that even with demonstration, examples, visuals,
when we say to a student "draw an animal" many have no idea how to start. I
really think this method has a place in teaching drawing as long as it is
included in a variety of approaches and not the only method used. Two things I
especially liked was having the students draw with Sharpies with no erasing and
encouraging them to find creative ways to use lines that they thought were
"wrong". The drawings also start from the inside out-What I mean is that you
draw the pupil, then the eyelid, etc before you draw the shape of the face
It is definitely worth looking at the book and I would be glad to share any
info that we got at the workshop. There is an excellent trainer in NC who did
a great job with our group.
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