Little Loft Project: Observational Drawing

What happens when you take time to look at something closely?

Drawing details from an Alstroemeria, age 6

Drawing details from an Alstroemeria, age 6

We all get a little busy and forget to stop and smell the roses. Looking closely at elements in nature can help us slow down, see things that we may have overlooked and develop appreciation for small details. Observational drawing is a great path to discovery. Today at camp, each child chose a flower and studied it for awhile. We offered a black line marker to capture the lines and details and encouraged students to find colored pencils that best matched their flower choice.

Offer several colored pencil choices. It's fun picking just the right one!

Offer several colored pencil choices. It's fun picking just the right one!

Daisies, age 4

Daisies, age 4

You wouldn't believe how quiet the room gets when children are observing!

You wouldn't believe how quiet the room gets when children are observing!

Black Eyed Susan, age 4

Black Eyed Susan, age 4

We recently learned that words like acorn, buttercup, fern, dandelion and starling have been removed from the Oxford Junior Dictionary to make way for new words that children are more likely to be exposed to such as 'cut and paste' and broadband. This motivates Little Loft to provide children with direct or indirect nature experiences that incorporate creative exploration. After all, a flower isn't just a flower....it's a daisy, a peony and poppy! Naming things helps us connect with our world and being able to recreate what we are seeing can bring even greater meaning. Come in and observe with us this summer!