Hi all,

This has been wonderful reading the streams on this topic, with so many great ideas, I will revisit some of these with my students too. 

I try to emphasise always beginning with fast loose gesture drawing to map the basics shapes, I have noticed it is very difficult for new drawers to do that, especially in botanical art being a form of Accurate Realism, most people want to sit and draw precisely from the onset. All those warming up exercises make the difference. I often incorporate this with measured drawing but emphasise not to worry if they go outside their measure marks, this can then bring in the topic of staying within the bounds botany/science, learning that some plant parts are always a precise measurement while other plant parts can be variable. I also like to choose a subject that is very 'forgiving' to draw, we have wonderful gum nuts that grow in odd lumpy shapes, so wherever their drawing lumps appear it still looks like those gum nuts. I use the same idea with their first watercolour painting exercise, choosing a green pear, the lumps and bumps can be anywhere their watercolour flows to, it still looks like a pear and then we eat the pear to 'destroy the evidence', always gets a laugh.


This has been a wonderful stream, thank you, it is always great to connect on this list serve.

Mali


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To the powers that be... This discussion would be nice to include in a journal or newsletter. Or perhaps even be expanded to a panel discussion at a conference. Lots of good info here. 
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On Nov 7, 2016, at 4:10 PM, Will Smith <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

I agree this is a great exercise because students can take the drawing home and it looks OK. Usually students cop a lot of not very encouraging feedback when they show blind contours to friends who have never learnt to draw.

 

 

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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

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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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