I am always looking for themes where students will get the opportunity to practice their drawing skills.
Learning how to draw butterflies offers such an opportunity. We looked at pictures of butterflies in the book ''Waiting for Wings'' by Lois Ehlert. We discussed the variety of patterns, colors, and lines found in the butterflies. We decided to do a number of studies before attempting to draw the final version in our water color paper. I explained to the students that this will be a mixed-media project where they will be able to incorporate a variety of materials. My students love mixed-media projects and with great excitement started working on their drawings.
This student was happy with this butterfly study.
This was his first and final version; he added more details on his water color paper.
Using a black sharpie to complete the design.
I explained to the students that as important as it was to
examine the details in the butterflies in Lois Ehlert's book, it was even more important to incorporate
their own ideas into the design.
It was very interesting to watch how the students hesitated at first to create their drawing.
They were slowly developing confidence as they saw the lines and patterns emerging in front of their eyes.
These are some of my sample drawings.
Our motto is: ''We look, we examine, and then we create our own.''
This student decided to draw a profile view of a butterfly.
She did a number of studies where one could see the changes of the lines and patterns.
It was interesting to watch the students create their own unique patterns.
Difficulty drawing the lower part of the butterfly.
A lot of erasing went on before the student was happy with the results.
This student had great difficulty drawing the body of the butterfly.
First, the scale of the drawing was small, then she was not happy about the shape.
Student comment: ''It looks like a rocket. It is impossible to draw the body.''
After a little encouragement the next version made the student really happy.
Struggling with the lower part of the butterfly, working on multiple sheets of paper...
I was really impressed by the complexity of her line design on the butterfly's body.
This student learned that there is not such thing as it ''is impossible'' in art.
A big smile and eyes sparkling with confidence was a great reward for me.