Cindy E...now THIS is the way to teach children how to draw something. They
SEE it! You're teaching them to see...and that's what drawing is all about.
> Then take the whole class outside to examine a tree (preferably a large,
> beautiful one). Drag along the paper and the pencils. Seat the students
> the ground and talk about the roots for about a minute, then the trunk for
> about 2 minutes. Describe the size, the texture, the function, everything
> you can think of. Then discuss the limbs. Talk about their proportion in
> relation to the trunk. Next the branches. Note how many branches come
> of each limb. Finally discuss the twigs and the leaves (if there are
> Be sure to point out how far the twigs and leaves are away from the trunk.
> Walk from the trunk to the furthest reach of the tree pointing out how far
> out it stretches.
> Ask the students to NOW draw a tree on the other half of the paper while
> looking at this wonderful tree. I guarantee fantastic results.