Drawing from life gives a child a new connection to seeing details
and gaining information that nothing else does.
We looked at a fern leaf discussing what it was. We talked about
its basic structure which remarkably is many sizes of triangles.
The children said that the center line(stem) helped to hold the plant up.
One artist noticed how the triangular shape got smaller toward the top.
We flipped the leaf over and noticed tiny red circles. Some thought that
it was an insect but found out that it was a spore.
The children were split into tables to observe the fern leaf further and drew what
they saw. Each is unique. They drew what was most important to them.
I have been talking about practicing at drawing. Most equate practice
with riding a bike or learning to read. As they try to draw from life
each time it will become easier and easier.