Originally Posted by adam crockett
Do you think that drawing from observation is to advanced?
Probably, yes. At nine they are not all that concerned with how things really look and the exercise might be plain boring for them. Children that age percieve the world differently than teens and adults and have a different visual language, drawing more symbolically than realistically. You mentioned "(the new) drawing on the right hand side of the brain". There's a chapter in there about visual development in children. (chapter 5).
The upside down drawing might be a good idea though ('cause it's fun), provided it is something *they* are interested in (which definitly wouldn't be Picasso's portrait of Stravinsky).
|For what age do you think that perspective lessons are appropriate?|
The need for realism starts a little later, usually between 10 and 12 and then they go really overboard with it. That would be a good time to teach perspective, because that's what baffles them most. There's a catch though, studying perspective is boring for them. (Heck, it is boring for me)
Concepts like horizon/eyeline, verticals and vanishing points are difficult if not impossible for them to grasp. Not because they lack intelligence. Spatial insight is not fully developed yet, so they just don't understand what you're talking about. If at all, take it *very* slow, with exercises related to the real world. Putting that on paper is a level of abstraction they have not mastered yet and will only frustrate them. For instance, take them outside and *show* them the horizon. Then let them sit on the ground/climb on something to see the horizon moves with them (ain't that kewl?).
One exercise they might grasp. I know I did when I was that age. Draw something that trains both one-point perspective AND is very colorful. The example I learned was a Dutch flowerbulb field, but that might not appeal to them because they've never seen one before.
|Any other ideas? I need more fun exercizes!|
-Illustrating a favorite story/song/book etc. in their own way, with emphasis on the imaginative/creative side of it rather than realism.
For the rest, I agree with everything that has been said above. Creative expression is far more important than technically correct drawing. Keep basic drawing principles as simple as possible, stylizing and breaking up in simple shapes rather than aim for realism.