Observational and Blind contour leaf paintings
Third graders learned about observational and blind contour drawings. Observational drawing is drawing what you are observing, what you see, every single detail. Blind contour is drawing without looking at the paper and without picking up your pencil but looking at the object, a continuous line drawing. They practiced drawing real leaves in these two different ways, and the results are incredible. After practicing they then had to do a final draft combining the two techniques and drawing two different leaves, overlapping each other. They had to then trace their leaves in sharpie. The last step was to experiment and have fun with watercolor and a “special solution” that creates a neat effect when it touches the paint. They were given a lot of freedom with paint, so some are realistic and some are abstract, enjoy the variety!