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Children’s Sensory Drawing Lesson – Leaf & Nature

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Children’s Sensory Drawing Lesson – Leaf & Nature

By Spramani Elaun

In this blog I’m going to share my drawing lesson using the child’s sensory system combined with nature observing.

I used beautiful leaves picked from local plants,  trees and other goodies.

This project is very exciting because I’ve been observing children’s sensory drawing abilities for many years!

I’ve written several art education books based on my natural art method, Nurturing Children in The Visual Arts Naturally©.

I recently introduced this art project to over 700 school children kindergarten – 6th grade with huge success.

It was remarkable how wonderful the kids were engaged and having fun drawing and painting using their natural sensory system.

I will also be sharing:

art supply list

specimen artifacts list

basic lesson ideas

Lesson Plan is also available for purchase below!

 

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Sensory Drawing Lesson

Based on my art method, I gave the children tools to look at these beautiful

specimen samples with their own sensory system:

Sight

Sound

Tactile touching (hands)

Smell

I asked my students to look very closely, but not only with their eyes.

We looked at a variety of specimens.

Nature Drawing Specimens:

A variety of leaves

Bird feathers

Star Fish

Lemon slices

Wood Cut Chips

Sea Shells

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Nature Observation:

I asked my students to look closely and observe the natural patterns.

I asked them to look closely with their eyes and a magnifying glass, and feel with their finger tips.

I asked the kids to describe in words what they noticed and could feel.

I asked the kids what they knew about these specimens in relation to nature and where they came from.

I finally asked them to record these findings by drawing each one with pencil, then choose to finish with color pencil or watercolor.

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 Integrating Science with a Drawing Lesson

I talked about how scientist and naturalist record findings with drawing and painting.

I gave permission for kids to trace if they didn’t want to free-hand draw.

But, I gave them a challenge to record details on each object they decided to trace.

 

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Materials:

You can follow the links to these art supplies if you want to know more or buy.

Graphite Drawing Pencil

Eraser

Color Pencils – nature colors

Green Square Block Crayon – Colour Blocks

Dry Cake Watercolor

Watercolor paper

Paintbrushes

Magnify Glass

Lesson Plan Available For Sale Here!

In this blog I shared a art project kids can do by combining their sensory system, nature and art materials.

 Children's Sensory Drawing Lesson - Leaf & Nature, art teacher spramani elaun

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Children’s Sensory Drawing Lesson – Leaf & Nature

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Spramani Elaun is an American natural art teacher and author of several art education books for children. Spramani Elaun has nurtured visual art lessons for thousands of children. She is founder of Nature of Art For Kids® Art School, an Earth-friendly non-toxic paint manufacturer, and founder of Colour Blocks™–the original square block recycled crayon company—and Art Kids Zone venues across the West Coast.

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