Organizing for Drawing

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Posted 17 Mar 2014 in Uncategorized

Last week I had an opportunity to work with children involved in drawing a portrait of a friend sitting in a chair from different points of view, front, back and sides. Organizing the materials, and preparing myself, I reflected on my own drawing process (see previous 2 posts).


I taped the paper to the boards, instead of using a clipboard. I liked the stability this offered me, knowing the paper wouldn’t move around when I was making a careful line.

I offered different sizes of paper, and put out extra paper, so that a)children wouldn’t feel the pressure of only having one “chance,” and b) so that children could determine the size of paper that best fit their point of view

There were black markers, and hard and soft pencils, and erasers. Before we started, we tested the different drawing implements to notice different qualities. Pencil and erasers leave more room for error, black pens are very precise, and nice to draw with.




IMG_0568I removed the table and put cushions on the floor, one for each child, each a different perspective. In the center would be a chair (see 4 options in front of the table), and the model (an enthusiastic volunteer).


I asked the children to look silently at the model from their vantage point for a few minutes, and then to exchange observations. Remembering my own problem of deciding what to draw and when to start, I asked them to think about what they see, what they don’t see, and where they will start their drawing.


For my observation and documentation, I was looking for the starting points of their drawings, and the cognitive knots they would encounter (perspective, proportion, composition, etc).




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