Drawing Exercise 101 "LEARN TO SEE"
Observe and Absorb
Level: All ages
Description: Art is not only about how to draw and paint. It's also about the quality of "how we see," how we observe and absorb things around us. This exercise is designed to be a fun activity that introduces children to improving their art skills through the power of observation.
Materials: Pencils, Paper (No erasers used)
Objects to use for drawing: Cell phone, Bowl, CD Player, CD Cover, Book, Flower, Box, Lamp, Shapes, Chair etc
Step 1. Display all objects on the table.
Step 2. Talk about the structure of each object.
Step 3. Give average time for observation.
Step 4. Give drawing paper and pencil.
Step 5. Ask students to select one of the objects and draw it.
Step 6. Show objects again and ask them to take a closer look.
Step 8. Ask students to draw again.
The second attempt usually is more accurate compared to the first. Discuss.
1- Which drawing do you think is more accurate?
2- Why is the second attempt more accurate than the first?
Remember, the goal is not to evaluate the accuracy of drawing, but to help you understand the importance of observing.
3- Discuss other reasons for improvement (especially practice)
Closing comments: Besides building skills and power of awareness, at the end of this exercise, students will recognize how much we value the wonders and beauty of the world, and how much we take them for granted.
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