I do a lot of different things to develop observational skills and drawing skills in my students. So, please don't think this is the only thing I ever do with them, cause it wouldn't be enough. We all know that! I used this "how to draw" from Art Projects for Kids, but I didn't show the steps. I only showed the end photo. I wanted them to try to figure out the steps: problem solving and observing. I also reviewed drawing patterns briefly. I told them they could draw any patterns and use any colors they chose.
I let them use the permanent markers and crayons. Some kids got less finished than others, which is totally okay in my classroom. I expect on-task behaviors, not racing-to-the-finish-line behaviors.
When I first started teaching art, I thought it was terrible to have students using "how to draws." I see value in doing this now, particularly for mini-lessons. They really do have to observe and think about what they are doing. I also make sure to have them draw from real-life, masterworks, and photographs as well. I think balance is important here.
What do you do for gap fillers? How do you feel about "how to draws?" I bet this'll cause a heated and controversial conversation among art teachers!
Have a good week, my loves!