Is there a difference between step-by-step drawing, guided drawing, and directed drawing? Not one I’m aware of. I just completed my first directed drawing lesson. (Argh! That’s the pirate you see here.) And I have to admit that, after completing the lesson and seeing my final product (which I think is pretty darn cute), I better understand why youngsters like it. Directed drawing is definitely a confidence booster! I feel certain this approach to art strengthens listening skills along with directional and spatial awareness too.
But here’s my wonder: is this really art? Perhaps the key is finding the right balance between draw-along lessons and more open-ended art experiences. What are your thoughts about directed drawing? Do you incorporate lessons of this type into your weekly or monthly plans?
Eager to hear from you!