DRAWUNG DRIED FLOWERS

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I PICKED SOME FALSE INDIGO FROM THE YARD, FOUND OTHER WEEDS AND DRIED FLOWERS AND CREATED A BOX OF THEM FOR THE KIDS TO CHOOSE FROM. WE USED A SPONGE BRUSH AND DILUTED WATERCOLORS TO MAKE 3 VERTICAL AREAS TO LAY DOWN A TONE. THE FOLLOWING WEEK WE DREW THE PLANTS. THIS IS A GOOD EXERCISE IN OBSERVATION SKILLS. WE TALKED ABOUT THE GESTURE OF THE STEMS AND BRANCHES, HOW ONE LINE DOES NOT SUFFICE AND THE IMPORTANCE OF CAREFUL LOOKING. AS YOU KNOW, IN SPITE OF ALL THE FAST PACED IMAGERY FROM TV, AND NOW THE NET, KIDS CAN SEE FEWER COLORS AND DETAILS IN REAL LIFE. IT IS UP TO US, THE ART TEACHERS TO HELP OUT.
CREATIVITY IN ALL AREAS…INCLUDING TECHNOLOGY…WILL SUFFER IF ART PROGRAMS SUFFER.
SEE: GLOBAL LESSONS FOR U.S. SCHOOLS BY LEE LAWRENCE IN THE CURRENT ISSUE OF THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR.
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