The novelty of learning to draw has worn off! I found myself dreading the practice sessions. I think this is because, I was not satisfied with my practice. I decided that I needed to put a little more “fun” into this learning and so I switched gears into learning how to draw simpler things like Hello Kitty and Spongebob Squarepants. I started to research how to teach young children to draw because I feel that students lose that desire around fourth grade. They decide that they are “not artistic” or “cannot draw”. I think that creativity starts with the idea of “What if . . .” so this self-doubt of not being able to do something is quite dangerous, indeed! As I was watching the “Learning andFailure” wicked problem Voicethread on Youtube http://youtu.be/TcKSYpcIVyM, I remember seeing this image:
I was reminded that I was letting the fear of not succeeding the first time get in my way of practicing. I was reminded of the days in my childhood where I would do anything NOT to have to practice my piano. It had become a drudgery. As I searched the internet for forums, I came across this site:
I started looking for the “fun” again which would help me through my learning block. I learned that it is important to start looking at the things that we draw by breaking them down into geometric shapes. Then I went on the tutorials forum from this website and looked for some things that I could have some success with. The first thing I drew was “Hello Kitty” and then “Spongebob”. As funny as this sounds, I needed something that I could actually feel success with in order to continue practicing.
The other thing I have learned is that I do not have to draw things perfect the first time around. This is a much more forgiving attitude than what I started with. I have learned to make friends with my eraser! It is perfectly o.k. to start with a rough sketch, erase what you don’t like and then come back later to fill in the details. Sounds a lot like the process of learning. Approximate, try, refine, synthesize!