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Ellen,

Yes, I have used that technique as well and it has a fun-factor and is
quite effective. A lot
of Betty Edwards exercises have merit for beginning students.

Dorie



On Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 9:07 AM, Ellen Galligan <[log in to unmask]>
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> Try using a Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain technique called
> upside-down drawing. It forces people to really look at what they're doing
> and keeps the brain from trying to tell them what they think it should look
> like. I've used that as a warm up technique for students for years. You can
> use a sample line drawing turned upside down for them to copy for about 5
> minutes, then flip it just to look at it before they toss it and begin
> their actual work of really looking at a subject.
> Seems to loosen folks up.
> Ellen G
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Nov 6, 2016, at 2:17 PM, Holly Butlett <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> I always teach adults like the kids.  I use simple shapes. Circles,
> squares etc.   Help them to see shapes within shapes.  Also I play games.
> Give them only 5 min to do a quick draw, or by memory.   Hope this helps.
> Holly Butlett
> On Nov 6, 2016 2:09 PM, "Laurie Bebick" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> I am teaching a  drawing class to adults who have little to no drawing
>> experience. I am finding that many of them are struggling and are
>> disheartened by how hard drawing is. Does anyone have advise on trying to
>> keep their spirits-up? I have only taught 2 classes so far, one on value
>> and how to measure proportions. I have 3 more to go.
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