Students in grade 2 are learning to look closely at objects, and to draw what they see, in preparation for creating still life painting.
We talked about how the secret to drawing realistically from observation is looking very closely at all the ins and outs and bumps and lines, and also, drawing very slowly. Students were encouraged to move their pencil at the speed of an ant crawling along the object. They were also told to look up a whole lot more than they looked down. In most cases, the kids were really happy with the level of detail and realism in their drawings. They surprised themselves, and now they know the secret to drawing that adults seem to forget!