Jan Arabas

Teaching Drawing: An Interview Study

I asked twenty-five teachers around the U.S. to tell me, "What are the crucial lessons for beginners in drawing and what are the best ways of teaching those lessons?" Their responses in a series of interviews were in close agreement, that beginning students misunderstand drawing and go about it in the wrong way. Beginners draw conceptually, but their teachers want them to draw from careful observation. Beginners copy what they see while their teachers want them to interpret. As a result, teachers create lessons that do not just teach new skills and ideas. Instead, or in addition, many lessons are designed to prevent students from working using old, bad habits. This creates a certain amount of contentiousness in the classroom.

Click here for the PDF version of the article.

Last Modified: 6/10/16