Have them draw with their feet! I remember in several of my
college figure drawing classes, the emphasis was on observation
and process, rather than on the finished product. We would use
big sheets of butcher paper on the floor, grasp a big fat ebony
pencil in our toes, and start drawing--and the results were so
fun--the process was amazing. Barring that, get them to use their
non-dominant hand, and focus on the observation, and not the
picture. If they start out with low expectations, then they can
feel free to goof up, and not feel judged, or be self-judgmental.
Another exercise is to have them cover their drawing while they
draw, and just follow the lines an contours without looking at
their result until after the time allotted.
It is important to get the eye-hand coordination developed, and
doing these exercises is fun and surprising.
Hope this helps,
On 11/6/2016 12:59 PM, Laurie Bebick
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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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