A co-educational private school for Preschool–Grade Eight

Preschool Observational Drawings

As part of our Earth Day activities, Ms. Cavaluzzo demonstrated drawing from observation to each preschool class by drawing a beautiful bouquet of flowers. She walked the students through the step-by-step process and explained how drawing from observation works. During the lesson, they discussed what it means to create artwork from observation, how to create a successful composition in a piece of art, and how our physical and mental perspectives change the way we see things. While the students watched Ms. Cavaluzzo, they created their observations and shared their thoughts with the class.

“Some of the petals are more spikey, and some are more fluffy.” 

“The tallest flowers look like zig-zags!”

“I see lots of different purples and yellows and pink. Those are all yellow, but they all look different.”

“I see orange going into pink on that one (flower), so I’m going to paint mine that way.”

“From where I am, I see the most beautiful flowers! You should try from my chair.” (When talking about their individual perspectives)

Students worked in small groups during their project times to make their observational drawings of the same bouquet that Ms. Cavaluzzo previously demonstrated. They looked carefully at the lines, shapes, and textures that they saw and discussed the details they thought would be the most important to include in their work. Lastly, the students were able to begin carefully painting their drawings. They were most excited about this part! During this last step, the students focused on mixing the colors they saw while observing the flowers.