Sunday, July 21, 2013

Pumpkin Still Life Drawings

Still Life Drawings: 

Children have the right to experience all of nature’s wonders.  Details can hold a mystery that has not yet been discovered in their little world.  Drawing represents the child’s experience of the world.  Drawing enriches the curriculum, giving children practice in managing tasks, noticing details, and developing observational skills.

Pumpkin Investigation
In this investigation I wanted to assist the children in moving from drawing random lines on paper to drawing with purpose.  At 4 years of age, most children are familiar with drawing lines and "circle" shaped objects.  This is one of the reasons I believe that using a pumpkin as a an introduction to still life drawings is an easy first step.

Feeling the Lines & Bumps
The children used a magnifying glass and their hands to investigate the pumpkin. As they investigated they discussed what they saw and felt.

Drawing what they saw using a Sharpie
The children worked slowly as they looked at the pumpkin and then transferred what they see to paper.


The Finished Product