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Almost every time I teach figure drawing, I go back and forth between teaching, giving individual critiques, and drawing. I feel it is important for me to draw during classes for several reasons. One reason is that it keeps me well-practiced and therefore better fit to teach. If my drawing is rusty that means my vision is rusty, and therefore my critiques of students' drawings would be lacking. Sometimes I'll be drawing and considering something specific and then realize I should share that with the class so that they may consider it as well. It also allows me to show specific examples of what I am actually teaching. In addition to all of that, the students learn largely from practice, so it's important for me to shut up and let them draw. I think it makes them more comfortable for me to be drawing as well, lost in the moment, rather than standing in the corner watching them. And of course the final reason why I draw during my classes - I love drawing the figure! I feel that passion is a little contagious. Catch some.