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I start with a bunch of timed gesture drawings on really big paper.  Always
good for a laugh from everyone when they start a 5 sec drawing!  Good ice
breakers.  Then I usually do contour drawing.

On Sun, Nov 6, 2016 at 5:44 PM, Chris Gralapp <[log in to unmask]>
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> This may sound kooky, but it is very liberating!:
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> 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,
>
> Chris
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> On 11/6/2016 12:59 PM, Laurie Bebick wrote:
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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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