follow up to continuous contour
we drilled all class, as soon as they finished one they had to do another. I grabbed some and put them up and we talked about how it’s ok to make mistakes when we draw, how the more we do something the better we get at it, and how it doesn’t have to be perfect as long as we try.
Continuous line breaks them out of a comfort zone, even so young as 5th grade they are already obsessing about it being perfect and looking right. Many of them don’t even want to try drawing anything because they lack confidence in their drawing ability. I have a poster in my room of a stair and each level has a sentence about willing to try (I won’t, I can’t, I want to, I’ll try, I can, I did) We talk about it a lot.
This exercise forces them to accept putting lines in the wrong place and not freaking out about it, just moving on to make the best picture they can.
In the end discussion we talked about how drawings are as different as the person that made them and that you should never compare your own work to your neighbor, only compare it to the amount of effort you put into it.