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This project was inspired by "Drawing with Children" and "Drawing for Older Children and Teens", by author Mona Brookes. After using the same drawing exercises each year I decided to create one for each grade level, that way 6th, 7th and 8th will not be repeating the work from the year before.
Normally called Duplication Exercises I have renamed them, “Clone Designs” since students are so computer literate. Cloning is a tool we use on Photoshop.
To draw well we must learn to see value, texture, lines, shapes and proportion. Copying these designs not only help students see better but they use the vocabulary with me when asking for help. When my students are drawing an image in front of them or from a photograph, I use the hints in these exercises to remind them to-
Mark the Edges – either on the picture plane or on an object that is touching another object, this works great when using a viewfinder
Mark the Center – helps when they are having trouble with placement
Hand Memory – my favorite; when they cannot get a curve of an object I tell them to pretend to trace the objects shape. This gives them an idea of the shape or angle of a line
Check for Overlapping – it is amazing how you can have a student draw a still life and they draw the entire object when half of it is behind another item
I usually show one on the board and ask them to tell me how to draw it with words. They begin naming shapes. For instance if I have to draw an oval they may tell me to draw an egg shape. They also have to verbalize where the object is located in the square. We then discuss the Left and Right Hemisphere of the brain and verbal and non verbal skills.
When I am done, they start their handout and I walk around helping individuals. When I start my year with this drawing technique the quality of their drawing is much better. They are learning the skills to really observe what they see and translate it into a drawing.