Friday, September 4, 2015

Understand > Drawing is about Observation

Understand > Drawing is about Observation

Access Prior Knowledge:
“Learning to draw is really a matter of learning to see – to see correctly – and that means a good deal more than merely looking with the eye.”  -Kimon Nicolaides.

Play > Spot the Difference >

New Information:
Drawing is about observation, about dismantling what you are looking at into the lines that make it up, and then recording those lines, one after the other, on a piece of paper.

That’s how a computer program works, zillions of tiny steps performed in the right order at the speed of light.  A Beethoven symphony?  Just read every note from the overture to the finale.  French cooking?  All you need is a clear step-by-step recipe.  Drawing works the same way.

Most anything you draw is made up of straight lines and curves and organic squiggles.  You can draw a short, reasonably straight line.  And with a little care you can draw an arc or a fairly round circle.  To improve your accuracy, just slow down.  And practice will make you better.  And as for the squiggles, well, they’re just squiggles.

But you don’t want to just learn to draw lines and arcs, any more than you want a lesson on how to boil water or how to play a single note on the piano.  It’s putting all those parts together that makes the idea of drawing satisfying and challenging.  But that’s all it is - a challenge, not an impossibility, no matter who you are.

The key to success in this course is to flip a switch that helps you see differently.  

Be kind to yourself.

Goal Review:
Respond > In the comment section paste the topic sentence and explain your reasoning.