Drawing What We See
A struggle for most people and especially young people is drawing what we actually see instead of what we think something should look like. This is a challenge I decided to tackle with my 6th graders!
We've started with some delicious practice...and I do mean delicious; we're drawing Tootsie Rolls to start with. On the white board I drew a rectangle with a triangle on each end and asked them to guess what it was. Although they guessed that it was candy, I pointed out that no candy actually looks like an oval and triangles. There is a surprising amount of detail to each piece and variations amongst wrappers.
We spent some time talking about the stages of drawing (sketching, shading/adding value and finishing touches) and discussed the difference between drawing what we actually see and breaking subjects down into smaller lines and shapes instead of trying to force them into what we want them to be or look like.
The students worked really hard on rendering their Tootsie Rolls to the best of their abilities and came out with some really nice sketches!