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Sep 2016

Technical Meets Creative / Lesson 2 of 10

Technical Meets Creative / Lesson 2 of 10

Lesson 2 of 10


Left-Brain / Right-Brain Fun  
by Debi West

My art II students learn so much through their first portrait drawing lesson, as seen in article #1, so from this lesson I move them into another great one that has them better understanding the importance of drawing symmetrically and then opens them up to being as creative as possible.

I use Betty Edward’s book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain for inspiration and I tell my students that this book is a wonderful tool to own. Although I don’t require my students to purchase the book, many do as they see this as a means to improving their work.

We use the worksheets found in the book and practice drawing the vase depending on whether they are left- or right-handed. We discuss contour line, we discuss shape, and we discuss the necessity of drawing a vase—or any item—that is the same on both sides, slowly and with a lot of concentration. Most find this to be a challenge, but a good challenge that slows them down and has them thinking.

Once the drawings of their vases are complete and they are satisfied with their results, I give them two days to turn the vase into something creative! I don’t really give them too many parameters, so I open the lesson up to any media, any backing and any theme they desire … and the results are AMAZING!

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Students aren’t really given too many parameters, so the lesson is opened up to any media, any backing and any theme they desire … and the results are amazing.

 

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This is when they really begin to comprehend the importance of merging the technical skills with the creative skills that can take their art to the next level. This is a relatively short lesson but I find that it’s critical in the yearlong series of upcoming lessons and prepares them for success.

Up Next: Creating in Charcoal! AAENDSIGN

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Debi West, Ed.S, NBCT, is Art Department Chair at North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Georgia. She is also an Arts & Activities Contributing Editor.


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