|Bumblebee with observations|
All of my children from age 2 to age 10 have sketchbooks. Many are on their fourth sketchbook! I buy inexpensive ones from the craft store that are wire bound so they can lay flat and I keep them handy so that my children can grab them when inspiration strikes. Get the heaviest-weight paper possible so you can use a variety of media on the pages.
For today's lesson, I discussed how a sketchbook doesn't have to be a pristine, finished book of lovely, complete, drawings. I prefer to use a sketchbook as a journal. My sketchbook is a place where I can practice techniques and get my ideas out. This morning, my student and I were able to draw from nature: I had found a bumblebee and a butterfly that had died, but were still intact and we went outside (in the shade) to observe and sketch them. It was a wonderful way to really check out the details of insects that we would never have been able to observe "in the wild."
|Drawing the bumblebee--we really needed to pick up the subject |
and look closely at it to see all of that detail!
After drawing the bee and butterfly, we wrote down details we observed while drawing, such as:
- Bees have two sets of wings
- Bumblebees are fuzzy (the yellow fuzzy part has black undertones)
- We couldn't see any pointy stinger, but the abdomen did come to a point
- The abdomen of the bee was striped, but not yellow and black like a honeybee or the usual depiction of a bee, this bee's stripes were grey and black
- The bees eyes were hard to see at first, but then we looked really hard and we saw them
|Drawing the Monarch Butterfly--It was great to see all of the detail in the markings--|
I never knew they had all of those little spots on their wings!
- Postcards or clipping of art or photos you enjoy for future inspiration
- Swatches of colors used in drawings and paintings (I do a little blob or scribble of color and label the color name so I know which one to choose the next time I go to work on a piece).
- Sketches of different views of the same subject
- Websites and books I want to check out (and my notes once I do)
- Inspiring quotes and interesting thoughts