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Thanks Dorie!  I would love more info on how you run your classes.  A
syllabus would be great if you don't mind sharing.


On Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 8:14 AM, Dorie Petrochko <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> I've been teaching beginning students (mostly adults) how to draw for 35
> years and
> my advice is to keep it simple so that they feel a sense of
> accomplishment. I do a lot
> of demonstrating on a flipboard so that they can see the process. I use
> charcoal for
> blocking in tone because it is quick and they can see results in a short
> amount of time.
> Once they understand seeing contours and spatial relationships, I move
> onto form and
> then detail and texture. The key is to make it fun and simple at the same
> time. Remember
> how it felt when you first tried to draw?- it was fun just experimenting
> with line and contours.
> If you time them on their blind contour drawings, it makes it like a game
> and brings out a sense
> of competition which is always good.
> If you have any more questions about how I structure my drawing class, I'd
> be happy to share.
>
> Dorie
>
> Dorie Petrochko
> President- Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators
> Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
> 170 Whitney Avenue
> New Haven, CT 06511
> www.ctnsi.com
> www.aviartis.com
> 203-888-9835
> 203-695-1215
>
> On Sun, Nov 6, 2016 at 3:59 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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