honoriartist (honoriartist) wrote,

Mid-term learning directions

In the mid-term in Observational Drawing I asked what students want to concentrate on in the 2nd half of the term.  From the answers I pull the key phrases and write them all down in a list. Then like a good grounded theory researcher I look for trends.  Then I clump the phrases together under a trend heading and send it out to the class.  Students can then add or modify the directions they wish to go in the second half.  In the next class we develop a learning plan so that each team, such as the people team, can reach their stated goals.  This involves finding mentors in art history, drawing from people, and looking into anatomy.

Here's my letter to the students and the list of this semester's student interests:

Congratulations on your success at mid-term.  The grades are looking good!  I am working on them now and they should be in the electronic grade book by Friday or Saturday.

I pulled key phrases from the mid-term question about what you would like to concentrate on in the second half of the course.  The topics seemed to group themselves into the following categories.  If I've missed something that is important to you please let me know and we'll add it to the list.

On Tuesday we will discuss how we will reorganize the class in order to focus on your key interests and develop a learning plan based on the direction you wish to take in observational drawing and beyond.


Observational Drawing 2nd half Student Interests Fall 2009
Based on data collected from Mid-Term – Honoria Starbuck, Ph.D.

Ask more questions
Not be embarrassed about my work in relation to other students
Let the right side take over and leave out the left side of my brain
Not to fight against my eye
Have more time for my drawings

Take current drawing abilities to the next level in light logic
Light and shadow
Different shading and blending techniques in different media
Make drawings more complete
To become better because I love to draw
More confident in light logic
Improve my ability to see the value sandwich in real-life settings

Draw faces
More accurately portray the human form
Draw people’s faces, hands, and feet in a fast-paced right-brained manner.
More about people and portrait drawing
Create realistic drawings of people using a light source

Learn drawing with a pencil
More line drawing
Use markers in professional stylized renderings
Effects of color (emotions and happiness)
Faster better drawings
Learn more about proportion
Learn to make detail to make a drawing interesting
Successful 3-dimensional drawings
How to use my tools better

Find my expressiveness to make my art unique
Take a simple idea and make it abstract/take my level of creativity up
Be more inventive in the positioning of my subjects

Find secret to drawing realistic textures
Better at proportions and textures
Proportion, light logic, and texture
Tags: observational drawing, student interests, teaching

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