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Proud of my students, proud of myself

Reposted from previous blog, dated October 12 2006.

This was our eighth week in my school district. During the first week of classes, I had my middle schoolers and my high schoolers do pre-instruction drawings of another student.

Then I taught them drawing skills using tons of hands-on activities based on the lessons of some of the best-known teachers out there, including Betty Edwards, Mark Kistler and Mona Brooks.

Today’s lesson was to copy an image of a profile view of the human skull, using a full range of values. Below are some results from one of my middle school classes. The students range from 6th through 8th grade.

Each image is from a different student: the drawing on the left is what they accomplished today, and the drawing on the right is their pre-instruction portrait from eight weeks ago. Next week, they will do another portrait of a fellow student, using values and a more solid understanding of proper facial proportion, using your pencil as a sighting/measuring tool, positive and negative space, and perceiving detail. I hope to get even more exciting befores-and-afters then.

Click on an image below for a larger version.

By Dawn Pedersen

Science advocate, web designer, educator, artist, and mommy.

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