November 18, 2020 | Sossi Essajanian
Observational drawing supports children’s learning in many ways.
It helps them…
By noticing details, understandings deepen and questions are provoked.
This week the children used mirrors begin their first self-portraits. They were done over a few days, step by step.
The children first traced their face, eyes, ears, nose, hair and other details with their fingers. Then the second step was to use their finger to “draw” on the paper what they traced, and finally, with flair pen in hand, they carefully created the shapes as they had planned.
This is one way the children are practicing observational drawing.
The children started with their face and eyes, using the mirror to see where their eyes start, how far away they are, and what shapes are found in the eye.
Then they added their nose and mouth, thinking about where the nose started and how far away the mouth is from the chin and nose.
The next few days the children will add ears, hair, and details.