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This is a digital camera image from class on
10-28-02 meeting in Ad 20

Ritual - draw a FACE PART - 10-28-2002
  1. With your eyes closed, try drawing a picture of the front view of your nose on the top left half your paper.
  2. With your eyes open draw a second front view of your nose from memory on top right half.
  3. Using a mirror, you will make an observational drawing of the front view of your nose.  Place this drawing below the others.
FOLLOW THESE STEPS while using the mirror
These limitation and instructions are an attempt to prevent the use of nose pictures previously filed in the left brain.  These are instructions for the right brain to use in making new observations.
  1. Look to find any parts that can be drawn with a definite line.
  2. Look for any very dark shapes and study the shape of the darkest parts (often the nostrils).  The dark part of your nostril will be an organic shape that is not a circle.  Every person's left nostril is a unique dark shape.
  3. While looking in the mirror, try drawing the left nostril as you see it.
  4. Add other dark lines near the left nostril.
  5. Darken the nostril shape itself.
  6. Darken the nostril shape so it is very dark.
  7. Study the right nostril to compare it with the left.  Itentify differences between them.
  8. Draw the right nostril as by referencing both the image in the mirror and your paper so you can get the relative location, size and shape including the differences between the two nostrils.
  9. On other parts of your nose, look at the slight variations in tone.
  10. Where is the lightest tone?
  11. Where is the darkest tone?
  12. Begin some pencil shading of the shadow areas, but be sure to leave it lighter than your nostril shapes.
  13. Where does it catch the most light - leave that area as pure white paper.

  14. Find the transitional areas between the darkest parts and the lightest parts and create the gradation that represents these areas.

    Play tape of Math Ritual from Brainard, Minnesota

    • While you are listening to this tape, write a list of different kinds of rituals a teacher might use in the classroom.
    • What are some learning rituals you remember from your elementary years or that you have observed?  Such as ---- study drills, saying for the day, review at the end, saying the pledge of alliegence to the flag, teacher reads a story
    • What are the benefits of warm up activities?

    Ritual: draw a CUP
    Below are my planning notes, but the actual instructions were not this detailed.

    Draw the this cup while looking at both the cup and your paper.

    Secondly draw the cup with a blinder on your pencil.
    Practice in the air.
    Draw slowly so you can carefully follow the contour,
    Do not look at the paper
    Start at the left top corner and begin with the whole top edge so you come back around to where you started before you start down the side.
    Move down the side and follow the contour of the bottom and move up the other side.


    American Flag Drawing
    Show flag at appropriate time.  Tendency is for the left brain to draw the stripes as straight lines, but in the hanging position the observed stripes when using the right brain are actually seen (observed) s-curves.  Drawing based on left brain instructions results in straight lines for the stripes of the hanging flag, while drawing based on right brain observation reflects the actual appearance of the hanging flag's s-shapped stripes.
    SOURCE -- the flag drawings are described in the Betty Edwards tape

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Marvin Bartel , instructor - posted 10-30-02

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