Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Bradford Pear

We are looking at a Bradford Pear twig to check out the buds up close. (photo here) I wanted us to draw it. First attempt was a rush job to complete the task and check it off of a list.

We're working on detail and attention and more importantly, visualization.

Her second opportunity, with me guiding this time, is much better. She looked at it more closely and saw details that I don't think she paid attention to before. 

We have a pencil, "yellow ochre" (which immediately takes my mind on a field trip to "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat") that is almost the exact color of the bud. I pointed that out to her, and spotlighted that when the tree blooms, the blooms will be white, not yellow ochre. I can't wait to see the blooms. (I'm not sure she's excited about them.)

1 comment:

walking said...

Lovely drawings!

Steady effort at seeing what there is to see outdoors will lead to interest.

You might even start a nature notebook for the two (three) of you. It becomes a treasure after awhile.

The three most used colors in Pamela's watercolor class: sap green, cerulean blue, and yellow ochre!

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