We haven’t done any drawing for a while and decided it was the perfect opportunity to expose the children to still life drawings. We placed some winter items on a table; an umbrella, a scarf and some boots. I demonstrated to the children how to look at each item carefully and think about the drawing in small parts. I like to talk aloud as I am drawing so the children can hear what I am thinking:
I gave the children some cartridge paper and black Artline textas and let them have a go. I heard a few saying it was too hard but all they needed were a few well placed comments like, “Oh wow! Look at the way you curved the top of that umbrella. Maybe you could do the lines coming down next.” One girl kept looking at the still life and her picture and looked a little upset. I could tell she wasn’t too happy with her drawing. I told her that sometimes I don’t like my drawings and I start again. I said it was okay to start again if she wanted to. Her face lit up and she started again. I guess she just needed some reassurance that it was okay to make mistakes and to have another go.
I was really impressed with the variety of drawings. Some were very accurate whereas others were more abstract. Each had their own individual little take on the still life which made them provoking and interesting. We decided to add some colour to our drawings with Edicol dyes. The differences in techniques was evident here also. Some took a very careful approach whilst others splashed colour here, there and everywhere. Either way the products were absolutely stunning.