As a result of the internet I am finding that students are getting lazy when it comes to finding a resource to draw or paint. It used to be that if you wanted to draw a tree or flower that you sat right in front of it and sketched it out in great detail as a reference for your final image. Sometimes even taking a film photograph of the image as extra reference material if you had access to a manual camera. Today however, all students have to do is type in a search in Google images and 100 images pop up immediately for them to refer to.
Well I’m tired of having students do this and having to help them figure out how to alter the copied image 80% to keep from committing copy right infringement. So I am having them set up still lives of their own to photograph. Next I have them crop and edit the photo to their liking and then they draw it out and begin painting. Yes it is a slower process than simply searching an image online but so much more rewarding. Plus, from start to finish this image is theirs one hundred percent! I am taking my students back to the basics and hopefully their work will reflect this change by them becoming more creative and taking more ownership over every aspect of the creative process.