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Explaining the "Right Side" of the Brain to Your Students
Right/Left Brain Explanation 1:17
Getting Your Students on Board 3:18
Tips for Observing 4:51
How and When to Use Scaffolding
Using Grids as Guides 4:54
Tracing with Plexiglass 2:47
Adding in Detail 3:55
Using Simple Shapes and Adding Fine Detail
Breaking Down Complex Shapes 2:34
Practicing with Fabric Folds 5:25
How to Use Visual Measuring
Using Size Comparison 3:54
Measuring Angles 4:09
Discovering Horizontal and Vertical Comparisons 2:37
Planning Negative Space 3:18
Wrapping Up Visual Measuring 0:40
Simple Tricks for Introducing Value
Learning Core Value Skills 0:29
Using a Full Value Range 6:48
Overivew of Applying Values to Forms 0:19
Applying Values to Form
Understanding How Shadows Work 4:20
Applying Shadow Rough Drafts 4:05
Adding Value to Line Drawings 3:02
Unlock Certificate: 5 Questions
4 PD Hours
1 Discover the basics of observational drawing as well as advanced applications.
2 Learn how to incorporate observational drawing methods and techniques into a variety of lessons.
3 Use these strategies and techniques with any student skill level.
Observational drawing is a vital part of any drawing curriculum. No matter the level, activating the right side of the brain when drawing is critical when representing objects realistically. Discover the best strategies for introducing simple shapes, visual measuring, pushing value range, and more. Take the stress out of observational drawing by shifting the way you teach observational drawing skills!
Connected Professional Art Educator Competencies
4.1 Utilizes and applies knowledge of various media effectively
4.2 Demonstrates willingness to expand content knowledge of media
4.3 Scaffolds instruction to provide a deeper understanding of art media
4.4 Utilizes and applies knowledge of various techniques and processes
4.5 Demonstrates willingness to expand content knowledge of techniques and processes
4.6 Scaffolds instruction to provide a deeper understanding of art techniques and processes
Connected National Visual Arts Standards
Anchor Standard #1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #3: Refine and complete artistic work.
High School Art Teacher and PRO Facilitator
Craig Huffman has a B.A. in Art from Buffalo State College, and a Masters in Education from Ashland University. Before teaching, Craig did freelance work as a sci-fi/fantasy illustrator for role playing games, including "Dungeons and Dragons". Though Craig still works in traditional media, he now prefers to paint digitally, or to blend traditional methods with digital manipulation.