Sharing our work: Observational drawings

Published by Lori Pickert on February 16, 2008 at 07:00 PM

Some readers doing the art lessons at home have been kind enough to share their experiences and their photos — thank you!!

It is impossible to overstate how encouraging it is hearing back from people using the website. Thank you!

In addition, at Molly's suggestion, I started a flickr group: Camp Creek Art Lessons. If you are on flickr, come and join the group and share your photos!

If you would like to share your story/photos here on the blog, e-mail me or let me know in the comments!


by Jack, age 7



by Sam, age 11


We sat down together Sunday night and drew a pineapple. There was only a slight grimace from Mr. Perfectionist, and then I never heard another negative word about it. It actually was freeing, and as I think you mentioned already, it made us move forward instead of obsessing. After 15 minutes we each had a fully drawn pineapple--the first drawing in what I hope will be a book full of them. It's true what you said too, about the talking. There was quiet concentration and soft words. It was a beautiful experience.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!



by Avery, age 7


It was magical! My daughter was resistant as she is not confident with her drawing skills, but she did a wonderful job. We started out with a small mug, then she progressed to drawing the laundry room door with all the details. Aidan had fun too, and when he was ready to start drawing from his imagination, I switched him to some plain paper. He ended up drawing little heart people and asked me how to write, "Once upon a time there was a boy named Aidan" - the longest sentence he has ever written! It was amazingly quiet while we were all busy drawing. I can't wait to do it again.





This is great. it is exactly what my girls 'live draw' class is on monday nights … it is inspiring me to have them do some observation drawing with me tonight. i will enjoy taking the time to do it myself as well … haven't done that in a long time. thank you thank you!



by Mikayla, age 4


She put more detail into the drawing than I ever thought she would. We both noticed so many things … that we had not before. I drew along with her and she pointed out aspects … that I had not noticed. We then pointed out various other aspects for each other as we drew.

Thank you so much for sharing your stories!

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Observational drawing: Where do we go from here

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Comment by mary on February 16, 2008 at 03:41 PM

Thank you for the wonderful lesson in observational drawing. So simple and Annie loved it. She picked a pair of scissors and worked out all the detail, the knicks on the handle, the leftover paint and glue, the words. She was very proud of herself and surprised at how much detail you could find in a pair of scissors. I love the virtual art school idea, no worrying about trekking out in the snow.

Comment by Lori Pickert on February 16, 2008 at 09:51 PM

oh mary, thank you so much for letting me know - that's terrific. :^) send me a picture!

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