I can't resist the bold color and shape of poinsettias. Last week, made our first attempt at observational drawing.
|First Grader hard at work observing a poinsettia.|
|Students saw all shapes and sizes!|
|Saving the best for last! Can you see how hard this first grade artist worked on observing her poinsettia?|
Just as there are some kids who can read before they can walk. . . there are kids who can just draw. For the rest of us, it takes work. Like learning to read, we must learn to look. Look closely and often. I believe in starting observational drawing early and encouraging every child.
Here's how I deal with the "I CANT'S" that are bound to arise with any students learning to draw.
Although the I cant's are frustrating, I understand that drawing is hard work!
"If you knew how to draw already you wouldn't be in class and we wouldn't be practicing. We're trying our best today."
"Point to what you want to draw. What shape is it? "
"Class, If you have tried to draw any part of your flower raise your hand. Put your hand on your back give yourself a pat. Awesome job getting started!"
In a worse case scenario I sit next to a child with my own paper and draw what I see. The student can copy what I am doing on own their paper until they gain enough confidence to look at the object themselves.
The most important thing is that all students leave feeling like they tried something new. Be prepared. Many students won't "like" their first attempts. But I ask those kids if I keep their art and put them on MY refrigerator at home. This usually puts a smile on their face. My refrigerator is full!