As an art educator I started out as a bit of a purist wanting every line that a child drew to be how they observed or imagined it should be. This was one of the first times I truly embraced a guided drawing project. Some of the nagging concerns for teaching guided, or step-by-step, drawing that come to my mind are
Will students only rely on this symbol for drawing X in the future?
Will students know that their observations of what X looks like are still valid?
In this situation, the benefits of every student being engaged and feeling confident about their artwork outweighed the concerns. Even with the same directions there are no two cats exactly alike. After the success of this project I will definitely do more guided drawing projects in the future!
How do you incorporate imaginative and guided drawing into your curriculum?
|Cats who won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the Olympics|
|This boy drew this cat family for the entire art class!|
|Cats in World War II! German and American cat soldiers!|