Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Dancing Into Spring - Butterflies with Ms. Baier's Class

Ms. Baier's class chose to create their mural with pictures of butterflies. Each child selected a favorite butterfly and then carefully drew the butterfly on the mural first with a pencil. Then they traced it with a "sharpie" and finally added color with pastel chalk. We learned to draw the outside or contour edges of the butterfly first, then added structural details. As a final touch, children blended blue and white chalk to create the lovely background that completed their mural. These drawings are really exceptional! One of the goals of the mural is to help the children get past drawing "symbolic" art and work towards drawing more realistically. In art class, we teach this by observation and practice. Great job!

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