In order to get everyone more relaxed when drawing
we did an exercise called
"running the track".
I had them draw an organic shape,
a geometric shape
and an abstract shape.
Then they were to "run" their pencil along the lines
over and over again, using different grips.
Then we practiced drawing circles and ellipses
on sheets I found on the internet.
This is much harder than it looks!
A great way to practice hand / eye control!
As always, it's a true joy to work with these
smart, engaging and eager folks!