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I rarely try new lessons with kindergarten. It freaks me out. I like to stick with what I know and what works well because sometimes that is just how I am! Plus, I’ve spent years getting my kindergarten curriculum to where I want it and like it.
But this year, I tried a new lesson that I found while browsing an old Arts & Activities magazine. It was architecture and observational drawing (two of my favorite things) rolled into one lesson!
This lesson was super simple.
First, I demonstrated how to look at something constructed out of blocks. I emphasized drawing large.
Then, students worked in teams to build their structures.
Finally, students drew what they built from observation. Later, I had them add creative details using line designs and their imaginations.
This is one of my favorite new lessons. It got my Kindergarten students away from the follow me back-and-forth and into true observational drawing. Although it was challenging for some, I was amazed at the detail students were able to achieve and how excited they were to try their hand at this exercise.
All I had to do was put some faith in the abilities of the students and let them try something more advanced. The products may not have wowed a crowd, but the process was oh so important and great for teaching shape, lines, observational drawing, and architecture. Plus, it only took two, 40-minute class periods.
What are other ideas do you have for observational drawing with lower elementary students?
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