Here are two examples of this. These students were not here last year. With practice and patience, they were able to see the lines and shapes in their facial features and really gain an understanding of realistic color.
103 Pre-K- I gave the students pens and watercolor paint and let them continue their work on the animals we saw on our first nature walk. One student, L, is phenomenal at observational drawing already! I let him look at photos of the Wooly Bear Caterpillar, the Monarch butterfly and the garter snake online and he added details to his watercolor paintings. This piece just amazes me.
101 Pre-k- I took the class outside for the same sensory nature walk experience we took with 103. Unfortunately, we didn't see snakes. We did see grasshoppers.
118 second grade- We went outside for an observational drawing/focus session. The kids had ten minutes to sit quietly and draw something from nature around us.