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Observational Drawing: City Buildings

April 14, 2021 | Sossi Essajanian

After being a way for a week, the children had a keen eye for details… in the changes they noticed in the classroom and outside at the park.

There are new activities.

The trees are blossoming!

There are new things on the wall.

Our clipboards aren’t up high anymore.

Noticing details is an important skill that is practiced in various ways in pre-school: completing a puzzle, building with blocks, or observational drawing.

Observational drawing involves drawing what is seen as realistically and true to life as possible. This week the children began the process of observing pictures of buildings that look like the ones they noticed in Church Square Park.

First they picked a building to draw. 

They started with the large shapes and noticed different lines, like curving lines, straight lines, leaning lines, angled lines.

Finding a starting point was the next step, after which they traced the lines with their finger on the paper.

Holding the paper with the non-writing hand and flair pen in hand… the children drew the lines that they saw and practiced.

After all the big shapes and lines were drawn, they examined the pictures even closer and noticed details.

Curved windows

Door knobs

This practice of observational drawing helps children slow down, notice details, and work carefully with planning and purpose.

Stay tuned for more to come!

Next week, they will use these skills to make observational drawings from pictures they took using the class iPad of buildings around Church Square Park.

From these drawings, children will then build the structures with blocks.

Sossi Essajanian

Teacher, Sky Class

Sossi Essajanian is excited to continue her teaching and learning journey at the Mustard Seed School. She began teaching at the United Nations International School where she worked with children and colleagues from around the world. This inspired her to take a primary teaching position abroad in Nicosia, Cyprus, where she lived and worked for two years.

Ms. Essajanian has a passion for supporting children’s social/emotional skills and learning through a loving and caring classroom community. These are built on creating shared understandings and opportunities for children to identify and express their feelings and of those around them. She believes in creating experiences through pair and group work where learning blossoms through social experiences.

Ms. Essajanian also enjoys reading and talking about books and continues to pursue her second passion: editing. She’s worked in various editorial capacities in newspapers, magazines, and books. She was recently excited to serve as the development editor of a children’s book about engineering and is looking forward to leading some tinkering investigations of her own with her students!

In her free time Ms. Essajanian runs, swims laps, and likes to take long walks to explore the world around her.

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