Saturday, March 10, 2012

Drawing Upside Down

Our tiny homeschool co-op (6 students, 3 families) meets weekly for poetry recitation and writing.  We fill the rest of our time with science projects or drawing.  For the most part we're using Mona Brookes' Drawing With Children, but this week another mom found something different.

We gave the children an upside down line drawing to copy.  Even though most of them figured out what the image was, they focused on following the lines and curves as presented.  After turning their pictures around, they added watercolors for beautiful results.  See for yourself:

 by Rebecca, age 7
by Marianna, age 11

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'd like to do this with my CC group and I wondered where you found the drawing. I'd like to print some out for them to copy. Thanks!

kristen

Barbara said...

My friend originally found the lesson on a Cornell blog: http://blogs.cornell.edu/garden/blogs.cornell.edu/garden/get-activities/signature-projects/dig-art/activities/. The post is no longer there, but a link to the handout still works: file:///C:/Users/Rice%20Family/Downloads/3-Drawing-Upside-Down.pdf
It looks like the picture came from Betty Edwards' book The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. I also found a few copies by Googling "upside down tulip drawing." None of the online pictures look complete on the edges; we must have added to the image before giving it to our students. Here is a similar image: http://www.kidsplaycolor.com/beautiful-tulips-on-the-pot-coloring-page/beautiful-tulips-on-the-pot-coloring-page-2/ Have fun!