SchoolArts Magazine

October 2016

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Henry Hughes 26 OCTOBER 2016 SchoolArts E A R L Y C H I L D H O O D Rama Hughes M y students judge their art- work much more harshly than I do. Observational drawing can be especially upsetting for them. If they aren't sat- isfied by how their drawings compare to reality, even my eighth-graders have been known to throw a tantrum. That's why I try to dissuade them from drawing realistically. "If you want it to look like a photograph," I tease them, "just take a photograph." Instead of focusing on how their drawings look, I encourage students to focus on what they see. The goal of observational drawing is not real- ism—it is specificity. BUGS in a Maira Hughes JAR

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