3rd graders practiced and improved upon their observational skills in this still life drawing activity (thanks for the idea, Princess Artypants). They observed actual flowers in vases and defied their preconceived notions of what a flower can actually look like.
Another component of this lesson was examining the art of Chinese blue and white pottery. Why did they use only blue? How did they paint such precise details? Specifically, we examined the Blue Willow pattern and learned the story behind the pattern. Who knew a vase could tell a story?