Observation drawing is...
- Drawing what you see (not what you remember or imagine.)
- Drawing from life.
- Drawing something that's in front of you, and constantly looking at the object as you draw it.
- Drawing all parts of the object - shape, form, details, texture, etc.
Everyone was given a 12"x12" sheet of white sulphite construction paper. Though we were drawing the objects as realistically as possible, the composition did not have to be realistic. I gave the students the following drawing challenges and asked that they tried to do all three as part of their composition:
- Draw at least 1-2 objects larger than life
- Draw at least 1 object cropped (going off the page)
- Draw at least 1 object repeated*
*For the repetition challenge, students were instructed that they could not simply copy one of their drawings. To repeat the object, it had to be drawn from observation again.
To sum it up, the drawing portion of this assignment included drawing from observation, drawing without the ability to erase, cropping, repetition and enlargement. I keep a checklist of all the drawing challenges on the board for the students to check their work as they get close to being finished. We discuss how each challenge helps to exercise different important drawing skills, as well as contributing to an interesting composition.
Once the Sharpie drawings were complete, we were ready to add color! To make the drawings more interesting, and to tie in another important concept, I had different grade levels work with different color schemes that were appropriate for their grade. The examples in this whole post are from 3rd-5th grade, who used the complementary color groups: