Third Grade….drawing in the view finder

photo-116Sometimes its hard to know how to form a composition. We start drawing and worry so much about the individual pieces of a thing, and forget to worry about the way it might sit in the picture plane. Artists sometimes use view finders to solve that problem.

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In our third grade classes we took re-purposed old school x-ray frames, taped overhead projector paper in them and traced the world around us in the frames. It was like taking a very slow  photograph, but just the outline. After tracing, we created finished works of art in watercolor and colored pencil. It was a simple but effective exploration of composition.

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